We spoke with Kevin Martinez, Vice President of ESPN Corporate Citizenship, Christy Keswick, COO of Good Sports, ran down the top plays in sports philanthropy, and brought you new MVPs in this month's edition.
Oliver Davis-Urman leads business development for FanAngel.com, a web based fundraising platform that equips athletes and organizations at all levels with tools to empower, incentivize, and mobilize fans around social responsibility. Since joining the FanAngel team, Oliver has worked with the Washington Capitals, New York Red Bulls, Von Miller, LaDainian Tomlinson and others to generate awareness and revenue for their respective philanthropic initiatives. Oliver is a graduate of the University of Maryland-College Park and holds a bachelors degree in Communications and a Masters degree in Business Administration.
An All-American from Lehigh University, Will Rackley was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round of the 2011 NFL draft. Rackley suffered an injury in 2012 and missed the remainder of the season. While healing, he spent much of his time serving the Jacksonville community, becoming a regular at the children’s hospitals and local schools. Rackley is a strong supporter of the Cathedral Arts Project, an organization dedicated to bringing the visual and performing arts to underserved youth, and his philanthropic interests lie in supporting the homeless and children in need. As a result of his positivity and courage during the rehab process, Rackley was awarded the Ed Block Courage Award. In 2014, he was forced to retire with the Baltimore Ravens due to a series of head injuries. Post-football, Rackley continues to give back to the communtiy via academic scholarships and the Ed Block mentorship program. He soon hopes to establish his own foundation to support his hometown of Riverdale, GA.