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Big League Philanthropist

By Danielle Berman

The Big League Philanthropist podcast shares stories of athletes and nonprofits using #sportsphilanthropy to change the world. Learn why these athletes were motivated to get involved and what motivates them to keep going!
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Sn 4, Episode 8: Tori Ramataboee, US Soccer Foundation

Big League Philanthropist Dec 15, 2022

Sn 4, Episode 8: Tori Ramataboee, US Soccer Foundation
Dec 15, 202242:51
Sn 4, Episode 7: Adam Lewis, Sport and Play for Social Justice
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Sn 4, Episode 6: Katie Appold, Do More Good
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Sn 4, Episode 5: Brett Rapkin, Podium Pictures
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Sn 4, Episode 4: Tony Everett, PureGame
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Sn 4, Episode 3: Myriam Glez, Athletes Soul
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Sn 4, Episode 2: Hilton Freund, The Twinning Project
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Sn 4, Episode 1: Jason Belinkie, Athletes For Hope
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Sn 3, Episode 10: Marissa Coleman, Gaming Society
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Sn 3, Episode 9: Ben Orbach, The Ascendant Athlete
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Sn. 3, Episode 6: Chineze "Chinny" Nwagbo, PeacePlayers Baltimore
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Sn. 3, Episode 5: Clayton Frech, Angel City Sports
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Sn. 3, Episode 4: John Balkam, Third Win Group

Sn. 3, Episode 4: John Balkam, Third Win Group

Welcome back to the Big League Philanthropist podcast! On this episode, Danielle sits down with John Balkam, Founder of the Third Win Group (TWG) to discuss his journey from being an athlete to now running his own agency focused on social good. They also talk about the importance of business that makes the world better. John has some great advice for athletes who are looking to build a brand based on purpose and impact that you won't want to miss!

For those who are looking to learn more about John's story and about the Third Win Group, you can visit their website at You can also give the Third Win Group a follow on LinkedIn and on Instagram, @thirdwingroup. Thank you for supporting this podcast and feel free to share this episode with someone that may be interested in our conversation with John! 

Oct 28, 202150:31
 Sn. 3, Episode 3: Jordan Marie Daniel, Rising Hearts

Sn. 3, Episode 3: Jordan Marie Daniel, Rising Hearts

Welcome back to the Big League Philanthropist podcast! In this episode, Danielle sits down with Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel – Kul Wičasa Lakota, a citizen of Kul Wicasa Oyate (Lower Brule Sioux Tribe) and founder of Rising Hearts to discuss the impact of intersectionality and creating change in the spaces you take up. 

Rising Hearts is an organization dedicated to raising the voices of Indigenous Peoples while also promoting intersectionality to create change. Jordan is a professional runner and has been using that platform to create change through several initiatives, including the #RunningForJustice campaign that has become an intersecting effort to raise awareness for Black lives, Asian lives, Indigenous lives, and all of those who are impacted by white supremacy and systems of oppression.

You can follow along with Jordan and her journey by following on Instagram at @nativein_la and @rising_hearts and check out Jordan's website HERE! Thank you all for listening to this episode and be sure to share this episode with someone who may enjoy this conversation between Danielle and Jordan.

Oct 14, 202144:52
BLP Bulletin: 10.11.21

BLP Bulletin: 10.11.21

In this week's roundup of articles from the world of athlete activism and sports philanthropy, Danielle highlights the athletes advocating for abortion rights, NWSL players speaking out after years of ignored sexual harassment, Front Office Sports on the importance of activism to NIL deals, and how Players for the Planet is making an environmental impact with major leaguers.

Follow us on twitter @bigleaguephil and on instagram @bigleaguephilanthropist, and follow our parent company @tacklewhatsnext on any platform!

Featured Articles:

Utah Jazz All-Star Donovan Mitchell is Delivering $1M Assist to Teachers

How Travis Kelce has used his record-setting play at tight end to raise money for underprivileged youth

First Arab-American Female NASCAR Racer Paves Way For Next Generation Of Women Drivers, Lands Major Sponsor

Syracuse, MEAC agree to 10-year partnership on and off field

Assists to Activism: Trae Young's Leadership Bigger Than Basketball

Adidas Sustainable NHL Jerseys For 2021-22 Season

Introducing Vox’s new HBO show, Level Playing Field

Anatomy of an NFL Good Deed-Doer: Kelvin Beachum Works to End Hunger, Clean the Ocean, Educate Kids, and, Oh Yeah, Win a Super Bowl

Megan Rapinoe, other women athletes back abortion rights at US Supreme Court

TODAY Show Twitter: Watch @SavannahGuthrie’s full interview with soccer stars Mana Shim, Sinead Farrelly and Alex Morgan on the sexual abuse allegations rocking the National Women's Soccer League

FOS College - Importance of Activism in NIL

The Environment Affects Baseball. These Players Want to Help.

Oct 11, 202114:24
Sn. 3, Episode 2: Mechelle Freeman, TrackGirlz
Sep 30, 202140:58
Sn 3, Episode 1: La Faye Baker, Diamond in the RAW
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BLP Bulletin: 06.07.21

BLP Bulletin: 06.07.21

In this week's roundup of articles from the world of athlete activism and sports philanthropy, Danielle highlights Naomi Osaka's stand for athlete mental health, the continued disparities in men's and women's NCAA sports, and stories around progress on LGBTQ+ inclusion in sports. Follow us on twitter @bigleaguephil and on instagram @bigleaguephilanthropist, and follow our parent company @tacklewhatsnext on any platform!

Featured Articles: ‘This Will 100% Save Somebody’s Life.’ Athletes See a Turning Point for Mental Health After Naomi Osaka Takes a Stand at the French Open Meditation app vows to pay fines of tennis pros who skip news conferences in honor of Naomi Osaka, mental health Sedona Prince Has a Message for You NY Times: The Morning - Massages vs. doubleheaders Michael Jordan donates $1M to Morehouse journalism, sports Bubba Wallace - Armchair Expert Seattle Seahawks and Fellow Seattle Pro Sports Teams Come Together to Support Gender-Inclusive Youth Sports and Local LGBTQ+-Owned Small Businesses Living Nonbinary in a Binary Sports World The Gist - Sunday Scroll: Full of Pride

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Sn2, Episode 8: Katie-Jay Scott, iACT
May 20, 202153:08
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May 03, 202118:38
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Apr 26, 202119:51
Sn 2, Episode 7: Tony Sanneh, The Sanneh Foundation
Apr 22, 202131:18
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Sn 2, Episode 6: Bria Hartley, All Hart Clothing and All Hart Basketball
Mar 11, 202121:44
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Mar 01, 202116:53
Sn 2, Episode 5: Hugh Roberts, BackYardFooty

Sn 2, Episode 5: Hugh Roberts, BackYardFooty

In this episode of Big League Philanthropist, Danielle chats with Hugh Roberts, a USL Championship soccer player for Charlotte Independence and activist. Hugh discusses his podcast and philanthropic project BackYardFooty, where he talks about his experience as an athlete in all aspects of life, and his passion for bringing soccer to others.

Danielle and Hugh also discuss the Black Lives Matter Movement, and take a deeper dive into how important and life-altering the events of this past year have been on his life and career.

You can follow Hugh on Twitter @hughrob13 and Instagram @superhughman, and visit to learn more.

Feb 25, 202133:06
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Jan 19, 202118:13
Sn 2, Episode 4: Jasmine Thomas, Kay Yow Cancer Fund

Sn 2, Episode 4: Jasmine Thomas, Kay Yow Cancer Fund

In this episode of Big League Philanthropist, Danielle sits down with Jasmine Thomas, a WNBA player for the Connecticut Sun and activist. Jasmine talks to us about her philanthropy with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and her support of the WNBA’s Breast Health Awareness (BHA) initiative. 

Jasmine and Danielle also discuss her experience playing in the WNBA this season, how important it was for her and her fellow players to make sure this season was all about activism, and more! You can follow Jasmine on Twitter and Instagram

Nov 05, 202031:50
Sn 2, Episode 3: Natalie Hummel, Every Kid Sports

Sn 2, Episode 3: Natalie Hummel, Every Kid Sports

Today’s episode features our friend and Executive Director of Every Kid Sports, Natalie Hummel! Natalie is one of the co-founders or Every Kid Sports and a former athlete herself. She played volleyball at Colorado State University and now helps young people around the country access sports programming.

Every Kid Sports helps families afford to keep their kids in sports and provides financial assistance with registration fees for those who need it. There are a lot of misconceptions and misrepresentations about the state of youth sports in this country. It’s a pay to play model and that knocks out a lot of families who just can’t afford the fees to get their kids out there on the field or on the court. 

Natalie and Danielle talk about some of these misconceptions and what EKS does to help bridge the gap. They talk about how they work with high level athletes to promote their mission and Natalie gives advice to athletes who want to use their platform to make a difference in the community. If you would like to learn more about Every Kid Sports, check out their website here!

Oct 22, 202036:02
Sn 2, Episode 2: Renee Montgomery, Moments Equal Momentum

Sn 2, Episode 2: Renee Montgomery, Moments Equal Momentum

In Episode 2, Danielle sits down with WNBA Champion and social justice warrior Renee Montgomery. Renee plays for the Atlanta Dream but is currently sitting out this season in the wubble to protest the systemic racism in our country and raise important awareness for the social justice movement.
Renee created Moments Equal Momentum, a platform to assist, advocate and educate on important issues. She has launched Remember The 3rd to connect people and politics and encourage people to educate themselves before going to the polls. She is involved in The Last Yard, raising funding for Morris Brown College, a HBCU. She’s involved with the More Than A Vote campaign started by fellow basketball player LeBron James and she is using her platform and presence in national media to assist and educate on causes she is passionate about. Click here to check out her website and find more information about the amazing work she is doing!
Danielle and Renee chat about what it’s been like to be a spectator of sports this season, her goals for her activism, and why athletes have such a presence and power to inspire and influence change. Renee also talks about the importance of having a team of people to help you accomplish your goals.
Oct 08, 202031:08
Sn 2, Episode 1: Marcus Alston, Alston for Athletes
Sep 24, 202042:60
Sn 1, Episode 7: Bryce Weiler, Beautiful Lives Project
Apr 02, 202039:06
Sn 1, Episode 6: Amy Kingman, Learning by Giving Foundation
Jan 09, 202030:48
Sn 1, Episode 5: Chris Dickerson

Sn 1, Episode 5: Chris Dickerson

Dec 05, 201950:42
Sn 1, Episode 4: Wes Martin
Oct 24, 201938:02
Sn 1, Episode 3: John Register

Sn 1, Episode 3: John Register

John Register is an inspirational speaker, trainer and coach, who commands his listeners attention on the topic "Hurdling Adversity". John is an avid athlete and played baseball, track and field and more as a kid. He ran Track and Field at the University of Arkansas, and originally majored in music, the cello specifically, before switching over to communications to focus his time on sports. He qualified for the Olympic Trials twice. He served in the US Army and participated in Desert Storm and Desert Shield. 

Unfortunately in 1994, John suffered a life changing knee injury when practicing on the hurdles and ended up getting the leg amputated. He didn't let that injury stop him. He climbed his way back into sports, practicing and training for the Paralympic Games. 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 and Danielle discuss what made him choose track and field (because no one naturally enjoys running, right?), what it was like going through the Army and how he transformed his life in such a positive way after his injury. He talks about why sport is such a powerful tool and a universal language to encourage dialogues both big and small. 

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. He is the facilitator of the brilliance in the room! His latest Ted Talk, called "Live Beyond Tolerance", at TEDx Colorado Springs will be released soon- to get the link as soon as it drops, you can email John at You can follow John on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. Check out his YouTube Channel to see some of his amazing speeches. Visit for more info or to inquire about having John come out and speak to your team! 

Oct 17, 201949:30
Sn 1, Episode 2: Dereck Faulkner
Oct 10, 201948:42
Sn 1, Episode 1: Haron Hargrave
Oct 03, 201945:08
Introducing the Big League Philanthropist Podcast!
Sep 26, 201901:25