We spoke with Casey Hayward, Cornerback for the LA Chargers and Lynn Chwatsky, Managing Director of The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, ran down top plays in sports philanthropy, as well as brought you new MVPs in this month's edition.
Megan has spent most of her career working in, designing, and advocating for programs that use sports to promote youth development and positively impact communities. She speaks regularly on the power of sport to create social change and help kids heal. She is the co-author of the book, 'Re-Designing Youth Sport: Change the Game'. Megan previously served as the Chief Program Officer at Up2Us Sports where she created their innovative, nationally recognized coach training program, the first national program to fully integrate trauma-informed practices into a sport context. Megan has supported other cutting-edge work in the sport for social change field by serving as a consultant for organizations like the Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. Megan serves on Nike's Global Training Advisory Group and was a founding board member of the Urban Dove Team Charter School in New York. Megan earned a M.A. in Urban Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Wesleyan University, where she was also Captain of the Women’s Soccer Team.
coach education and sports training director
Special olympics nj
Casey Henderson is the coach education and sports training director for Special Olympics New Jersey. In this role, she facilitates courses and clinics for more than 2,000 volunteer coaches year-round as well as supports sport development initiatives that provide athletes more meaningful and quality experiences leading up to competition. Throughout her five years with the organization, she has also had the opportunity to write and present coaching course curriculum and training content on behalf of Special Olympics North America's Coach Education System.
Starting her career in public relations, she wrote game day and community publications for JMU Athletics Communications and the Washington Mystics WNBA team for three seasons. She also served in youth and adult programming with Arlington County Therapeutic Recreation before joining Special Olympics New Jersey.
Casey believes that sports are a means for change. She loves being in a mission-centered sports organization where people with disabilities are empowered to independently achieve. To learn more about Special Olympics New Jersey, visit here: www.sonj.org.
midwest regional executive director
Vinay Mullick just completed his first year as the Midwest Regional Executive Director for UpMetrics. UpMetrics is a socially driven technology company that provides activity management and data analysis technology tools to foundations, school districts, and non-profits organizations. UpMetrics provides the best tools and services for programs to analyze, interpret, and use their data to expand their services, make better decisions, and increase funding opportunities. Vinay runs the UpMetrics’ Chicago office and is also responsible for the organization’s presence in the Midwest.
Prior to his current role, Vinay, a Teach For America alumnus, worked on Chicago’s Southside for 12 years as a teacher, coach, activities director, and athletic director. From 2007 to 2016, Vinay worked as the Director of Athletics and Activities for the Perspectives Charter Schools Network. Perspectives Charter Schools is a network of five open enrollment charter schools on Chicago’s South Side serving 2,000 students in grades 6 through 12. Vinay served as the founding athletic director, and built the Perspectives Charter Schools Athletic Department from its infancy. By 2016, Vinay had grown the department by five times, and at that time the department supported approximately 700 student-athletes and 85 coaches, and fielded 55 teams.
During his time at Perspectives, Vinay oversaw the meteoric rise of NBA star, Anthony Davis, from a local prep player to the #1 ranked high school basketball player nationally, to the prized recruit of University of Kentucky 2011 recruiting class. As an athletic director, Vinay was very involved at the state and national levels. Vinay sat on numerous state advisory committees, served as an elected Legislative Commission member to the Illinois High School State Association, and served on the executive board of the Illinois Athletic Directors Association.
Nationally, Vinay plays an active role in the creation of professional development resources for urban athletic directors. He is a national faculty member for the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and has assisted with the creation and development for the professional development course - Role of the Urban Athletic Director (Leadership Training Course 640). As a result, he is a regular presenter at local and national conferences on topics related to urban athletics and data-driven decision making.
Vinay’s work has been recognized by his peers on numerous occasions for the following awards: Division 1 Athletic Director of the Year by the Illinois Athletic Directors Association, Outstanding Young Alumni Award by Northern Illinois University, and was named a Local Hero by ESPN Chicago Radio. Community wise, Vinay sits on the Northern Illinois University Alumni Board of Directors, is a member of the Perspectives Charter Schools Education committee, sits on the Lyons Township High School Community Advisory Council, and also serves as a youth basketball coach at the Greater LaGrange YMCA. Vinay has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northern Illinois University, a Masters in Secondary Education from Dominican University, and Masters in School Counseling form Concordia University.