SLA Philanthropy Contributions

At its Annual Meeting luncheon, the Sports Lawyers Association makes a sizeable philanthropic contribution to a deserving non-profit organization from the host city. The SLA has contributed $430,000 to philanthropic organizations from 2000 to 2023. This year, the SLA has selected the following organizations:

Leveling the Playing Field: a 501(c)(3) organization devoted to equipping youth in under-resourced communities so that they can enjoy the mental and physical benefits of youth sports. LPF accomplishes this mission by collecting, sorting, and re-distributing sports equipment to local schools and programs in the Greater Baltimore area.

Soccer Without Borders: Soccer Without Borders (SWB), a 501(c)(3) that uses soccer as a vehicle for positive change, providing participants in underserved communities the opportunity to find belonging. Soccer Without Borders directly serves newcomer refugee and immigrant youth in Baltimore City and County through out-of-school-time programs during the school year and summer. Participants include large numbers of Eritrean, Congolese, Syrian, Nepali and Central American youth. Nearly 40% of SWB's participants identify as girls, with nearly all playing an organized sport for the first time. Some participants have been in the US for weeks, others for years. The program serves approximately 570 K-12 participants in Baltimore and focuses on English language development both on and off the field.

Past contributions have included:

Year Annual Meeting City Contribution(s)
2023 Los Angeles, CA KEEN Los Angeles
2022 Atlanta, GA 2022 Soccer in the Streets
2021 Virtual Border Youth Tennis Exchange (BYTE)
2020 Virtual Voices for Children
2019 Phoenix, AZ Future for Kids
2018 National Harbor, MD Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club
2017 Los Angeles, CA Gold Crown Foundation
Sports Business and Leadership Association
2016 Los Angeles, CA Team Prime Time
2015 Baltimore, MD Coaching Corps
2014 Chicago, IL Girls in the Game
2013 Atlanta, GA Warrick Dunn Charities
2012 San Diego, CA Sports Bigs Program of Big Brothers / Big Sisters of San Diego County
2011 Washington, DC Dreams for Kids
2010 Phoenix Phoenix Women's Sports Association
2009 Chicago Urban Initiatives
2008 San Francisco First Tee of San Francisco
2007 Cambridge MetroLacrosse and Sport in Society / Urban Youth Sports (Northeastern University)
2006 Toronto The Argos Foundation - Stop the Violence
2005 Phoenix The Foundation For Blind Children
2004 Baltimore Parks and People Foundation
2003 Phoenix Special Olympics Canada (Annual Meeting was moved from Toronto to Phoenix)
2002 Phoenix The Foundation For Blind Children
2001 Philadelphia Inner-City Games
2000 San Francisco Athletes Against Drugs