We spoke with John Shiels, Chief Executive of the Manchester United Foundation and Robyn Tremblay and Samantha Rogers, Partners at relate social capital. We also recapped 2017 and looked ahead to sports philanthropy trends in 2018, as well as brought you new MVPs in this month's edition.
TOP 25 to Follow in 2018
Originally from North Carolina, Keenan joined the Baltimore Ravens in 2015 as a Partnerships Coordinator in the Corporate Sales & Business Development Department. He joined the Ravens Community Relations team prior to the start of the 2017 NFL season. Keenan received his B.A. in Exercise & Sport Science with a concentration in Sport Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014.
In his current role, he is responsible for expanding the presence of the team within the Baltimore Community, building awareness and excitement for the Baltimore Ravens within the educational, community, and political systems, and assisting the organization in giving back to the community. He leads the team’s NFL PLAY 60 initiative, Honor Rows (Youth Volunteerism Program), the Ravens Annual Family Food & Funds Drive, Touchdown 4 Teachers (program that recognize local teachers for outstanding service to their schools and communities), GamePlanEarth (season-long environmental initiative to help make Baltimore a greener, more sustainable city), and coordinates player appearances for community events.
The enthusiasm he has for sports comes from his belief that sports benefit our society in multiple capacities. “Not only is it an exciting form of entertainment, competition, and an electrifying display of athletic prowess; it also serves as a platform for change, social awareness, and most importantly, philanthropic opportunities.” He is also currently enrolled in George Washington University’s Sports Philanthropy Executive Certificate program.
angel V. Williams
the shine firm
Born and raised in Hollywood, Florida, Angel’s ability to adapt and excel in any environment is exemplified in her proven track record of successes and positive outcomes that she helps clients discover, plan and execute. Angel Williams developed a keen interest in the needs of others and the disadvantaged population at a young age. Since her early education matriculation, she has held various leadership positions with clubs and organizations in school and within the community. Through commitment, hard work and perseverance, Angel went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark Atlanta University in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration degree from Florida International University where she graduated with honors and earned the Willie E. Williams Endowment Award for community service. Angel currently serves as the CEO and Chief Legacy Builder at The Shine Firm, a global philanthropic consulting and management firm that specializes in assisting professional athletes, entertainers, corporations and individuals build legacies that transform communities. Previously, she served as Co-Founder and Executive Director for a NFL Player’s foundation, Angel was able to foster and grow the organization to incredible heights. Her selfless effort for the work she is so passionate for has allowed opportunities to be given to youth throughout the Tampa Bay and South Florida areas that might not have otherwise been made possible. As a change agent, she has spent countless hours to master a plan that not only provided a boost to organizations, but uplifts those around her including a variety of athletes and community partners in Florida, Georgia, California and Missouri. She proudly serves on the board of the FBI Citizen’s Academy, National Forum for Black Public Administrators Tampa Bay, volunteers with many organizations and vows to continue to allow her passion to drive her. Her relentless work ethic, selflessness and loyalty will continue to shine through her life and her work.
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.