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2nd Annual All-Girls Basketball Clinic with DeMarre Carroll and The Carroll Family Foundation

June 2019 - On Saturday, June 22, we hosted our second annual All-Girls Basketball Clinic with client DeMarre Carroll and The Carroll Family Foundation at Basketball City in Manhattan. The full day of fun included drills and games, coaching and tips from DeMarre himself, a raffle with great prizes, photo booth, and music provided by 12-year-old twin sister DJs Amira & Kayla. We also had a panel of guest speakers including NBA and Nets analyst Sarah Kustok, Nets game presenter Gina Nassivera, and former WNBA players Kym Hampton and Lauren Okafor. All the girls who came out had a fun and full day and went home with a gift bag.

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CFP Presents First Most Valuable Philanthropist Basketball Awards, Co-Hosts Elevated Draft Reception

June 2019 - On Wednesday, June 19, the eve of the NBA Draft, Champions for Philanthropy presented our first annual Most Valuable Philanthropist Basketball Awards at Glasshouse Chelsea in New York City. The honorees included Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat (Rising Star awardee) and retired NBA champion Derek Anderson (Most Valuable Philanthropist awardee), in addition to Miracle on the Hudson survivor Dave Sanderson (Courage Award recipient). NBA analyst Sarah Kustok hosted the event and moderated a discussion about philanthropy with the awardees.


Immediately following the MVP Awards, we co-hosted the 2019 Elevated Draft Reception, which included a conversation about wealth, philanthropy and social impact with panelists from Champions for Philanthropy and AllianceBernstein joining the discussion with Chicago Bulls center Wendell Carter and retired NBA legend Tom Hoover. The night ended with an address from featured guests Kylia and Wendell Carter Sr. who shared their experience as NBA parents.

CFP Partners with Former NFLer Hakeem Valles and SOUL in Baltimore

May 2019 – On May 15, 2019, Champions for Philanthropy partnered with recently retired NFL player Hakeem Valles and D.C.-based nonprofit organization SOUL to host an educational seminar for high school student-athletes in Baltimore, MD. Now embarking on his second career as a real estate investor, Hakeem underscored the value of ownership for creating transformational change in underserved communities. He also shared stories with the youth in attendance about his journey to the NFL and other motivational words of wisdom about choosing a career built on passion. In addition, he spoke about the importance of setting professional goals and putting in the work to achieve them.



All-Star Treatment for All-Star Moms

February 2019 - On February 15, we supported our client the Family Over Everything Foundation with its second annual “All-Star Treatment for All-Star Moms” event during NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte. This year, the foundation treated six single mothers facing hardship to a day of pampering.

Hosted at Cachet Nail Boutique in Charlotte’s upscale SouthPark neighborhood, the event featured hair styling, manicures, pedicures, makeup, massages and dessert, all graciously donated by local providers.

Afterwards, the women dined together at Del Frisco’s, accompanied by Thomasine Morris, mother of Marcus and Markieff, as well as the mothers of NBA players James Harden, Kemba Walker, Donovan Mitchell, Chris Paul and Gerald Henderson Jr.

We supported the foundation in selecting participants with the help of local nonprofit organizations Peaceful Places, Inc., Safe Alliance and Florence Crittenton, which all provide services to single mothers affected by domestic violence and other hardship.

Learn more here.


Inaugural Most Valuable Philanthropist Awards

January 2019 - On January 31, we hosted our first annual Most Valuable Philanthropist Super Bowl Awards Brunch during Super Bowl week at The Estate in Atlanta’s Buckhead area. The inaugural event, emceed by six-year NFL veteran and sports broadcaster Brandon Boykin, honored current and retired NFL stars, along with a local community leader, for their work to make a significant difference in the Atlanta region and beyond.


A portion of proceeds from the event benefited charities designated by the MVPs as well as Boykin (an Atlanta native), including Norman’s Starz 24 Foundation and Wags & Walks Adoption Center.

See photos and watch the video recap here.

Learn more here.


UNICEF KidPower Initiative + Capital City Public Charter  School Visit with Markieff Morris

November 2018 - On November 13, Champions for Philanthropy visited Capital City Public Charter School with client Markieff Morris of the Washington Wizards to kick off the UNICEF Kid Power Challenge in partnership with UNICEF USA! Starting November 13, boys and girls basketball teams from TechBoston will compete against Capital City Public Charter School — located in Washington D.C. and represented by Markieff Morris of the Washington Wizards — in a month-long fitness challenge to see which school can log the most physical activity.

2018 Champion of Youth Award Event

November 2018 - This past November Champions for Philanthropy client Charlie Ward received the 2018 Champion of Youth Award from the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford.  Champions for Philanthropy co-founders Michelle and Alycia had the pleasure of attending the event and are pictured here with Ward and his former Knicks teammate Allan Houston. 



F.O.E. Foundation holds 1st annual Turkey Giveaway

November 2018 - On November 15, Champions for Philanthropy helped organize the Family Over Everything Foundation’s 1st Annual Turkey Giveaway in Philadelphia for clients Marcus and Markieff Morris (co-founders of F.O.E. Foundation). Despite the snow storm outside, the event was a success, with 300 local residents in need taking home Thanksgiving turkeys along with uncooked side dishes donated by event sponsor Mills & Edwards Law Firm. Read more here.

CFP Hosts Kass Family at Brooklyn Nets Game

October 2018 - On October 31, Champions for Philanthropy supported client DeMarre Carroll and the Carroll Family Foundation as they hosted pediatric liver transplant survivor Sammy Kass and his family at the Brooklyn Nets game for Liver Disease Awareness Month. Check out the article on



UNICEF KidPower Initiative +TechBoston Academy  School Visit with Marcus Morris

October 2018 - On October 29 Champions for Philanthropy visited TechBoston Academy helping our client Marcus Morris and the Family Over Everything Foundation kick off their UNICEF Kid Power initiative in partnership with UNICEF USA! Starting November 13, boys and girls basketball teams from TechBoston began to compete against Capital City Public Charter School — located in Washington D.C. and represented by Markieff Morris — in a month-long fitness challenge to see which school can log the most physical activity. The more activity the 100 participating student-athletes track with their UNICEF Kid Power Bands donated by the Family Over Everything Foundation, the more lifesaving nutritional food packets they unlock for impoverished children around the world. We’re proud to support our clients with this initiative to help kids get active and become more globally aware! Through UNICEF Kid Power, 8.2 million therapeutic food packets have been provided globally, saving the lives of over 52,000 children.

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Girls' Basketball Clinic

July 2018 - On Saturday, July 21, Brooklyn Nets star DeMarre Carroll and The Carroll Family Foundation hosted a free basketball clinic and empowerment event for more than 100 local girls, ages 7-18, at Basketball City in Manhattan. The clinic, coordinated by Champions for Philanthropy, included drills, special giveaways and inspirational guest speakers who are blazing a trail for women in sports, including renowned sports reporters Sarah Kustok and Taylor Rooks. To add to the fun, music was provided by 12-year-old twin sister DJs Amira & Kayla. DeMarre shared his personal experiences and offered life lessons to the young crowd. The girls in attendance were also entered to win cool raffle prizes, and each went home with a swag bag.

Watch the video recap here:

Former Jets Defensive End Vernon Gholston Visits Jersey City Youth

April 2018 - On Sunday, April 22, the Educational Gilmore Community Learning Center in Jersey City, NJ was abuzz with activity as youth from the center and the surrounding neighborhood anxiously awaited the arrival a special guest. Former New York Jets player and Ohio State alum Vernon Gholston stopped by the center to offer words of wisdom and answered questions from the youth in attendance. Read more about the event, which was hosted by Champions for Philanthropy.

Philadelphia Women’s Empowerment Summit Hosted by NBA Stars Marcus and Markieff Morris’ Family Foundation

April 2018 - Since entering the league, NBA veterans and twins Marcus and Markieff Morris have used their good fortune to help others in their hometown of Philadelphia and in the cities where they play. While the brothers were busy closing out the regular season, Ms. Morris and Amber Soulds, executive director of the Family Over Everything Foundation, hosted a Women’s Empowerment Summit on Saturday, April 7. The summit, which was free and open to the public, provided a day of information and inspiration for women in the Philadelphia area. Read more about the event, which was organized by Champions for Philanthropy.

Family Over Everything Foundation Hosts Charity Event During All-Star Weekend

February 2018 - Family Over Everything Foundation, Inc., founded by NBA stars Marcus Morris (Boston Celtics), Markieff Morris (Washington Wizards), Thomas Robinson (formerly of the Los Angeles Lakers) and their mom Thomasine Morris, hosted a charity event designed to provide single mothers in the Los Angeles area with "all-star" treatment during NBA All-Star Weekend. The mothers of several NBA All-Stars joined the foundation in sponsoring the deserving single mothers. Read more about this event coordinated by Champions for Philanthropy. 

Nets’ Carroll Ends 2017 on High Note - Spreading Compassion and Holiday Cheer

January 2018 - Brooklyn Nets’ starting forward DeMarre Carroll might be new to the City, but he has quickly embraced the New York community. Learn more about The Carroll Family Foundation and recent events organized by Champions for Philanthropy. 

"An Evening to Believe" Event Featured by Brooklyn Nets

November 2017 - Players, coaches and staff from the Brooklyn Nets' front office came out to support The Carroll Family Foundation's inaugural New York event, organized by Champions for Philanthropy. The event was documented in a video produced by the Nets.

Champions for Philanthropy Founders featured by Philanthropy Playmakers

September 2017 - Champions for Philanthropy co-founders Alycia Powell and Michelle Mays were recently featured as Most Valuable Philanthropists. Read about our founders in the September issue of Philanthropy Playmakers' "The Playbook."