We spoke with Jorge Casimiro, Vice President of Global Community Impact for NIKE and President of NIKE Foundation, LaMarr Woodley, former Pittsburgh Steeler, ran down the top plays in sports philanthropy, and brought you new MVPs in this month's edition.
A native of Berkeley, CA with Lebanese roots, Miles has spent his professional life nursing his two passions: sports for development and social justice. Growing up as an athlete, sport, and the mentorship he received through it, became the lens through which he learned about himself and the world and navigated the challenges and successes of life.
After obtaining his Bachelors from the University of Oregon, Miles served as a teacher at public and independent schools in Eugene, OR, and helped to establish the first Varsity lacrosse program at South Eugene high school. From there, Miles moved in to a role as offensive coordinator for the University of Oregon lacrosse team while working in operations for a social enterprise startup, exposing him to the field of entrepreneurship.
In 2011 he moved to Costa Rica, accepting a job at an independent school as their special activities coordinator where he launched their sport program. From there, Miles moved to Colombia to become the new Country Director for the NGO, Sports for Development.
During his time in Colombia, Miles lived between 4 cities, focusing on program expansion and operational development of Sports for Development, while also leading the creation and growth of the Colombia Lacrosse Association. In between time in Colombia, Miles moved to Kingston, Jamaica to lead the expansion of the NGO, Fields of Growth, and the establishment of the Jamaica Lacrosse Association. In his role, he directed partnerships, programming, and volunteer service trips, while creating a high school league for Jamaican students.
In 2014, Miles returned to Colombia to lead the next phase of the Colombia Lacrosse Association; a structure for sustained growth based on workforce development and education. During this time, Colombia qualified in the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, CO and raised over $80,000 to make the dream of participation possible. Serving as the head coach, Miles helped the team to their first international win over Costa Rica on ESPN.
After the world championships, Miles moved to Washington, DC to begin his Masters in Social Enterprise. During this time, he joined Playworks as their Development Manager, leading partnerships, fundraising, and marketing efforts during a period of growth for the organization. Specifically, Miles guided partnerships and events between Playworks, community partners, and local sports teams and athletes.
Going forward, Miles seeks to further channel the economic and political power of sport to drive sustainable and inclusive social change. Starting in the Fall of 2017 he will pursue an Executive Certificate in Sport Philanthropy at George Washington University, focusing his capstone project on financing sport infrastructure and inclusive economic development through philanthropy and impact investment.
positive coaching alliance Cleveland
Nick has been the Partnership Manager for Positive Coaching Alliance-Cleveland for over 4 years. Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) develops through resources for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes. In his 4+ years Nick has had the opportunity to impact thousands of local youth through the 100+ High School and Youth Sport Organizations Partnerships he has sold. To learn more about his work in Cleveland please visit https://www.positivecoach.org/chapters/cleveland/
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Alyssa Anderson is an alumna of the University of Minnesota's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Graduating in 2014 with a degree in Journalism, she took a leap of faith and joined the front office of Minnesota United FC, Minnesota's Major League Soccer team. Beginning in ticket sales, she learned about the organization from the ground up: from revenue, to operations, to outreach. Prior to her transition into Community Relations in 2016, the Club did not have a dedicated CR department.
Anderson is working with executives and ownership to determine the organization's philanthropic mission, as well as collaborating with community members and organizations, and creating and finding funding for programming.
She is looking forward to continuing to cultivate strategic relationships in the community, as well working to establish a team foundation.
A recent graduate of the George Washington University Sports Philanthropy Executive Certificate Program, Anne E. Lawson (Annie) is an up and coming member of the Sports Philanthropy community.
For the past three years, Annie has worked for North American Fur Auctions, a global auction company, in the Buyer Services and Marketing and Communications departments. However, she will soon make a career transition into Sports Philanthropy having accepted a full-time position in Toronto with philanthropic heavyweight, MLSE Foundation.
A strong proponent of sport and recreational activity, Annie is eager to learn more about the industry and how she can best make an impact in the sports philanthropy community. She believes that sports can positively impact communities as well as individuals. Sports teach young people to recognize the importance of teams as well as the difference between winning and striving for excellence, a better, but much harder, achievement.
Annie is committed to help build healthy communities and endeavours to help people reach their full potential. She serves as a fourth-generation member of the Counselling Foundation of Canada, a private foundation, which champions learning and career development to help Canadians nurture the gifts and talents within themselves.
A duel citizen of Canada and the USA, Annie graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia with a Bachelor of Management. While at Dalhousie, she was elected to the Management Society, a student run organization committed to enhancing the lives of Bachelor of Management (BMgmt) and Bachelor of Science/Recreation/Bachelor of Management (BScRBM) students. As a member of the Management Society, Annie assisted in the planning and facilitation of an array of academic, charitable, athletic and social events specifically suited to the interests of all Bachelor of Management students.