All of the 32 NFL teams have pet charity projects and causes which they support and donate funds and resources to. The Seattle Seahawks by far make one of the most special contributions in the NFL to charity. With the help of Spirit of 12 Partners, a Seattle community based nonprofit, the Seahawks distribute game day programs at their home games in Seattle. 100% of the proceeds from the programs go to helping fund the Special Olympics of Washington. The giving does not end there, however. For every donation made to the Special Olympics of Washington from the Seahawks the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation matches their donation dollar to dollar, effectively doubling the proceeds. Continue reading
Too often it seems like the sole preoccupation of pro football players is money. The salaries of NFL players are remarkably high, and the lives these players lead tend to be even more high profile. Cars, parties, women, and bling seem to get as much spot light as the careers of those adorned with them do. Not all players are caught up in the love of money and material objects, though. The NFL has quite a few players who reach out and give back to their communities and promote charitable causes. Many of these players dedicate a lot of time and work into the causes that they advocate. Continue reading
In football, the majority of investment into clubs at all levels comes from sponsorship deals and endorsements, as much as it does from winning competitions and trophies. Whether this finance comes from international corporations looking for marketing opportunities, or local businesses wanting to spread their name in the community, endorsements are normally undertaken in order to make some sort of return for the investor, whether financial or through brand exposure.
However, a growing number of clubs are attracting investment as charitable organisations rather than simply for business gains. In the Italian lower-leagues, a Saudi businessman and philanthropist, Fahad Al Tamimi, has invested a substantial amount of finance into USD Noto Calcio but for charitable purposes rather than financial returns. Continue reading
A great many charities have been supported by Bishops Stortford Football Club over the years and one who has received particular attention from them is the British Heart Foundation. The British Heart Foundation has received donations not just from the club itself but also from a large number of their fans who have adopted the worthy cause as their own. In the last five years alone, the club has raised over twelve thousand pounds for the British Heart Foundation.
Every May bank holiday, football matches take place in remembrance of Andy Barnes, frequently referred to as Mr Stortford. Andy Barnes, who was a devoted life time supporter of Bishops Stortford, tragically died of a heart attack. Veterans of Bishops Stortford FC, celebrities, academy players and locals have competed each year in these matches to raise funds for charity. The funds they raise are then increased by auctions and other events. It is hoped that this event will continue for many years to come and will still continue to receive the same amount of support from all involved.
Bishops Stortford Football Club also raises funds for the charity Kit Aid. Just three years ago they donated 200 football shirts to the cause. Kit Aid was established twelve years ago after Derrick Williams MBE went on a journey to Tanzania. Derrick was fascinated by the level of interest in football in Tanzania but disappointed by the lack of resources they had to play the game. When Derrick returned to the UK, he had a conversation with one of his colleagues and they decided to set up the charity. They immediately sent a box full of football shirts to one of the villages Derrick had visited on his trip. Ever since that first box, Kit Aid has sent over 120,000 shirts and other sporting items to Africa, South America, Eastern Europe and Asia. Graham Taylor, England’s former manager has also become heavily involved in the charity and donates generously.
Fulham FC have had a huge thank you to pay out to one of their fans for his half-time heroics, the Fulham Club Foundation received a hefty donation of £700 from a global online bookmakers and their Club Sponsor, Marathonbet.
Scott Maltman, a Fulham Football Club lifelong supporter, won a competition on twitter which was to take part in the ‘Shoot The O’ challenge which was held at half time at the Fulham vs. Arsenal fixture on the Saturday 24th August. The 20-year-old from Uxbridge, skilfully held his nerve while he had an audience of a packed craven cottage, as he was kicking seven balls through the ‘O’ of a Marathonbet target in less than a minute. With every ball he got through the ‘O’ target he won himself a £100 cash prize, the total which Marathonbet pledged to match with a donation to Fulham Football Club. Continue reading
Pro and college football get a lot of attention and even more money. Few people stop to recognize that those organizations and players have to start somewhere. For every pro football player, there was a youth football program that helped him learn the game and hone his skills. Youth football organizations around the country find themselves struggling financially to provide for the needs of its eager young players. Not all overlook youth football, however. Riddell Sports, the helmet supplier of the NFL and Good Sports (a nonprofit) teamed up last year to give a boost to some youth organizations in need. Continue reading
College football is a phenomenon and one of the most popular sports in the US. In recent years it has turned into a business that resembles the NFL in ways like venue and ticket revenue, as well as the sheer overwhelming amount of merchandising. These days’ colleges even get T.V. deals with providers who broadcast their games. So it should come with little shock that certain ambitious and influential people want a piece of the college football pie. Continue reading