Presented by DB Consulting Firm, LLC and hosted by Danielle Berman.

The Big League Philanthropist podcast shares stories of athletes and nonprofits using the power of sports to change the world.

Know an athlete we should interview? Have an organization we need to highlight? Contact us at bigleaguephilanthropist@gmail.com.

Highlighting athletes who work to positively impact the world.

We aim to highlight the positive work that athletes are doing in the community. From running foundations to investing in sustainable community projects, athletes are doing amazing work to make the world better.

In each episode we’ll discover what inspired these athletes to get involved in their philanthropic work and what motivates them everyday to keep going. We’ll learn WHY they got involved and how we can help support their mission. 

Raising awareness of organizations who use sport for change.

There are hundreds of organizations around the world using sport to make meaningful impact in communities. We feature executives from these organizations talking about the importance of their programming and the positive changes they’ve experienced firsthand.

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EPISODES:

EPISODE 7: Bryce Weiler

Bryce Weiler is Co-Founder of the Beautiful Lives Project and a Disability Consultant for the Baltimore Orioles. Being blind himself, Weiler advocates for those with disabilities and accessibility to activities and experiences in sports and the arts. Through the Beautiful Lives Project, Weiler and his team work with sports organizations like the New Briton Bees and university dance and cheerleading programs to give those with disabilities and special needs experiences to which they may not otherwise have access. To learn more about the Beautiful Lives Project and how to get involved, visit their website here. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can follow Bryce on Twitter here and LinkedIn here.

EPISODE 6: Amy Kingman

Amy Kingman is the Executive Director of the Learning by Giving Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims inspire a new generation of effective philanthropists. From courses in colleges and universities around the country, to innovative partnerships with sports teams, stadiums and athletes, the organization is passionate about the power of sports to make a difference in the nonprofit world. To learn more about the Learning by Giving Foundation and how to get involved, visit their website here. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To read the Tackle What Matters article that complements this podcast interview, click here

EPISODE 5: Chris Dickerson

Chris Dickerson is an MLB alum who played for the Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, the Cleveland Indians and the Baltimore Orioles. He chose not to enter the MLB right away when he was drafted out of high school and instead played baseball for the University of Nevada while getting his college degree. In 2007, prior to joining the major leagues, Chris co-founded Players for the Planet with fellow player Jack Cassel and since then they’ve brought on dozens of athletes like Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Brent Suter, Giancarlo Stanton, Nelson Cruz, Zach Britton, and Ryan Braun to support the cause. To learn more about Players for the Planet and how you can get involved with your community,visit http://playersfortheplanet.org and be sure to follow them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. You can follow Chris on Twitter and Instagram.

EPISODE 4: Wes Martin

Wes Martin is a rookie offensive lineman for the Washington Redskins. Born and raised in West Milton, Ohio, he played football for Indiana University and was named honorable mention All-Big Ten in his redshirt junior and senior seasons. He was drafted to the Redskins in the 4th round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Wes founded Brave Breed Rescue, Inc. while he was in his senior year of college. Brave Breed is located in West Milton and is a 501c3 dedicated to rescuing and re-homing all dog breeds that enter their care. Wes shares the inspiration behind why he started Brave Breed and why he’s motivated to help dogs find forever homes. He also speaks about the importance of fostering to save dogs currently in shelters waiting to be adopted. To learn more about Brave Breed Rescue, visit www.bravebreed.org and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can follow Wes on Twitter and Instagram.

EPISODE 3: John Register

John Register is an avid athlete who ran Track and Field at the University of Arkansas, and qualified for the Olympic Trials twice. He served in the US Army and participated in Desert Storm and Desert Shield. In 1994, John suffered a life changing knee injury when practicing on the hurdles and ended up getting the leg amputated. In 2000, he won the silver medal in the Long Jump at the Paralympic Games. Alongside his sports activities, John spearheaded the US Army’s World Class Athlete Program. He worked for the USOC until earlier this year and launched the USOC Paralympic Military Program, which uses sports to assist in the recovery of wounded, ill or injured service members. John now travels the country to share his insight on the topic “Hurdling Adversity” and helps people understand what’s holding them back from who they are trying to become. You can follow John on InstagramTwitterFacebook or LinkedIn. Check out his YouTube Channel to see some of his amazing speeches. Visit www.johnregister.com for more info or to inquire about having John come out and speak to your team! 

EPISODE 2: Dereck Faulkner

Dereck Faulkner is a former NFL and CFL player who is now an entrepreneur and Founder of Athletes for Vets. Dereck went to Hampton University and got his MBA from George Washington University. He works to unite, support, advocate for and help the heroes that defend our nation’s freedom. Be sure to follow Dereck on Instagram: @dereckfaulkner and Twitter:  @DereckFaulkner and follow Athletes for Vets on Twitter: @athletesforvets, Instagram: @athletesforvets, and visit their website:  https://www.athletesforvets.org to learn more about how you can support their work.

EPISODE 1: Haron Hargrave

Haron Hargrave is a former basketball player and point guard who played for Sacramento State and went on to play for Mediaş in the top league in Romania. Today, Haron is a community activist, working to bridge the gap between law enforcement and communities through Ballin’ 4 Peace. Be sure to follow Haron on Instagram @h2O5 and follow Ballin’ for Peace on Twitter: @ballin4peace and Instagram: @Ballin4Peace, and visit their website: https://ballin4peace.org/ to learn more about how you can support their incredible movement.