The month started off with a trip to Juneau, Alaska to speak at the Glacier Valley Rotary’s Pillars of America. They put on an annual speaker series hosting three different speakers who have overcome adversity and demonstrated perseverance in their lives to turn it into a success. In addition to citizens in the Juneau area, the Chamber of Commerce brings about 200 select kids from the school district to listen to the speakers. I along with the other speakers shared our success stories in hopes of motivating and inspiring the kids to not only one day have their own story to share, but to hopefully avoid some of the mistakes we made along the way.
I was honored to be selected for the event. It was great getting to meet the people of Juneau, enjoy the great food up there, and sign a lot of autographs for the kids. It’s always great going up to Alaska since there are a ton of Seahawks fans, and it’s one of the most scenic places in America.
I arrived in Louisville on Thursday morning where we attended a welcome reception later that evening for everyone involved in the Unbridled Eve fundraiser, one of the reasons I attend the Derby annually. The fundraiser benefits “Blessings in a Backpack”, which is an incredible foundation I have discussed before. They provide school supplies and nourishment for underprivileged kids on the weekends who otherwise couldn’t afford it.
I was also there on behalf of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, along with Shannon Sharpe and Thurman Thomas. We were there to participate in interviews, chalk talks, and Q&A sessions to promote HOF Experiences and all the incredible events they put on throughout the year.
The derby itself is always a great time because I get a chance to reunite with friends from all over the country who meet in Louisville for the weekend. It’s one of my favorite weekends of the year and Louisville does an outstanding job hosting the event.
After the Derby, I traveled back to Seattle to host a Casino Night with my Crescent Moon Foundation, put on by the store David Lawrence in Seattle. It was a fun night of play-gambling, raffle prizes, silent auction and great food. It was the first time we held this fundraiser, but we feel we can build it into a larger event next year, as we raised over $20,000 for the Crescent Moon Foundation.
My foundation director Iris came up to Seattle to help organize the event, and it was a very successful evening raising scholarships for the local community.
We jumped on the Ferry the next day over to Bremerton to speak at the Kitsap Foundation. The foundation initially started off to raise money for the local educational programs in the school district but quickly developed to provide support for the entire community’s needs. This is their major fundraiser of the year, and they invited me to be the keynote speaker. I spoke about why philanthropy is so important, and how it has become so involved in everything I do.
The next week, I came down to the office in Orange County for meetings with some of our partners and enjoyed a great sushi dinner with friends and co-workers.
The next morning, we caught a flight with our partners Wheels Up and flew to Cabos San Lucas for the weekend to relax after all the hard work we have put in so far this year. We stayed at a beautiful villa, had great dinners, enjoyed the warm weather and relaxed by the pool.
I’ve been on the road constantly for the past 3 weeks, so it was nice to have a relaxing vacation followed by 10 days at home in Seattle, including over Memorial Day Weekend. I visited a series of BBQ’s all three days and was able to contribute my own recipes to each one I stopped by. Being home, I had a chance to watch the Seahawks during OTA’s. I am really encouraged by the young draft picks and free agent signings. There is a big re-dedication by the veterans, and their attitude is rubbing off on the younger guys. I expect them to have another very competitive season.
It was nice to be home and recharge my batteries before the month of June, which is going to be extremely busy, highlighted by a trip to Kenya to see the village we built through our fundraising efforts last year. We will discuss that and much more in next month’s newsletter.
David’s Upcoming Appearances:
Building Wealth Together – June 4, Alexandria, VA
Mission Viejo Rotary Club – June 8, 2016, Mission Viejo, CA
Crown Capital Securities National Sales Conference – June 15, 2016, San Diego, CA
Next Level Live – June 16, 2016, Orange County, CA
ESPN LA Golf Tournament – June 20, 2016, Los Angeles, CA
OC Executive Forum – June 21, 2016, Costa Mesa, CA
UCLA Anderson School of Management – July 6, 2016, Los Angeles, CA
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Fans Score Home Run at S1M Angels Gift Night
The debut of the S1M Gift Nights at Angels games this spring will be a grand slam! Starting on July 19th, Sports 1 Marketing will host fan gift nights throughout the baseball season where attendees will receive free gifts from sponsors. In return, our partners will receive traditional media exposure and lead generation that drives both traffic and sales to stores and online. To learn more, contact Matt Wiech at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jack Lalanne Would Be Proud of Our Juice – Sports Blender on Yahoo Radio
David and Jim Leyritz have kicked off their nationally syndicated radio show, Sports Blender. Dave and “The King Of New York” discuss the juiciest topics in sports and share insights from their decades spent behind-the-scenes in the sports and entertainment industry. The show mixes in a wide range of viewpoints from a multitude of guests. Sports Blender will air Wednesdays, nationally on Yahoo Sports Radio, ESPN Radio and locally in Southern California on AM 830.
Houston, We No Longer Have a Problem – Mission Meetings
Get ready to blast off with the premiere life coaching and mentorship programs at Mission Meetings. The inspirational business leaders at Mission Meetings bring a unique style of mentorship, aiding participants in achieving the results they desire in business and in life. Try your first Mission Meeting today for free.
E-mail, Facebook, Snapchat. What’s Next? – Jeff Pulver’s How We Communicate
Jeff Pulver, the founder of Vonage, invited David to join Silicon Valley innovators at the How We Communicate seminar to share his experiences with technology and how it’s changing the way humans interact and do business. David’s presentation focused specifically on the sports industry and the different ways to monetize communication channels.
Thankful for “Thank You” – Meltzer Mission App
Did you know that simply saying the words “thank you” twice a day can change your life for the better? The new Meltzer Mission Gratitude App takes this idea and uses it to promote a grateful mindset. By reminding yourself to be thankful twice a day, the app helps you build effective habits and more efficiently achieve your goals. Download for free on the Apple or Google Play stores.
Hot Dog, That’s Great Service – Seat Side Service
“Meat” Seat Side Service, one of our newest partners, offers the most comprehensive solutions to drive concession and merchandise sales at live events across the country. Their red-hot new platform enables attendees to order their favorite snacks and merchandise from the comfort of their seat using their smartphone.
Genial Recruitment Genies – Searchwide Executive Recruiting
Helping place top executives in the hospitality and tourism industries is why Searchwide is the leader in executive recruitment. We are ecstatic to work with Searchwide to connect clients and partners in order to create successful new business opportunities.
David, Jim Leyritz, and Colleen traveled to New York to support the Greatest Save and attend its annual celebrity golf tournament on May 15th – 16th at Bethpage golf course, hosted by baseball Hall of Fame legend Rollie Fingers. Prior to the tournament, David, and Jim joined Yankees Hall of Famers and guests for a game at Yankee Stadium to raise funds for the Greatest Save. Our team also had meetings with the Barclays Center and the New York Red Bulls to discuss upcoming projects.
Casino Royale – Raising Money for Crescent Moon Scholarships In Seattle
Our annual casino night at David Lawrence, benefiting The Crescent Moon Foundation, was one for the record books. The night consisted of casino games and a luxurious fashion show, accompanied by drinks, hors d’ouevres and wonderful company. We would like to thank Joan Kelly, Diana Blackman and David Lawrence for organizing this event and for your contributions to scholarship grants for local Seattle students.
Transition Offense – Athlete Network Leads the Charge
Ask any basketball player and they will tell you: the transition is a vitally important part of the game. Our continuing work with the Athlete Network focuses on helping athletes transition to the workforce. The Athlete Network recently added basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal to their Influencer Program, providing members an inside look into his life and success with exclusive content, advice, and connections.
We want to congratulate our partners X2 Biosystems, recipients of the 2016 Pioneer Technology Development Award as the most innovative and pioneering Neurotechnology company of the year. The award was presented to Dr. John Ralston at the 13th Annual World Congress of the Society for Brain Mapping.
I Got Five Hundred Dollar Bills for Everyone in This Place – PayActiv
You earned your money, so get it now! Our partner PayActiv continues to offer an amazing, low-cost payday advance that allows employees to access earned funds through mobile devices, web applications, or kiosks. This platform gives workers the most secure, instant access to their earned wages anytime, anywhere – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Heads Above Other Shoulder, Knee and Toe Doctors – Dr. Raj
The premiere orthopedic surgeon in Beverly Hills and our partner, Dr. Raj, attended the Los Angeles Rams’ NFL Draft event at LA Live on April 28th, along with members of our team and the Rams organization. Dr. Raj continues to make regular media appearances as a well-respected expert on sports injuries.
The Masters of New Media – Virtual Reality Insanity
Blazer Media Group’s virtual reality platform continues to gain momentum after the success of their record-breaking broadcast of the Pacquiao vs. Bradley fight. Including David and Warren’s own individual shows, we will be executive producing original programming in conjunction with Blazer Media Group, creating introductions for new sponsor and partnership opportunities. Their channel currently reaches over 40 million households worldwide you can find them on DIRECTV Channel 366
Great Flag Football or Bust – Hall of Fame Flag Football
The ultimate flag football league, Hall of Fame Flag Football, continues to expand its brand of safer football nationally. After partnering with the Matt Leinart Flag Football league, they now offer registration for leagues in Colorado, New Jersey, Northern and Southern California.
Not Afraid to Get Dirty With Spartan Races
Spartan Race, the global leader in obstacle racing, will host events in Boston (6/4), Monterrey (6/4), Chicago (6/11), New York (6/11 and 6/18), Vermont (6/17), Dallas (6/18), Minnesota (6/25), and Boise, Idaho (6/25) this month. For more information, or to get involved with Spartan races, contact Daniel Edwards at email@example.com.
Whattya Talking About? – David Meltzer Headlines Forbe’s Top Entrepreneurial Conference
In a New York state of mind, David helped kick off the “Forbes Top 5” Secret Knock Conference in NYC with a headlining keynote speech on May 12th. David shared his entrepreneurial path to success at the one-day gathering of exclusive entrepreneurs and top leaders on the East Coast. The annual San Diego event takes place July 11th – 13th and is currently accepting applications.
Our team attended UCLA Football Head Coach Jim Mora’s 10th Annual Celebrity golf tournament on May 16th at the Riviera Country Club. The star-studded event raised funds to benefit the Count On Me Foundation, which is distributed to over 75 children’s charities.
Reach for The Sky – Bills Quarterback Legend Hosts 30th Annual Golf Tournament
The Sheriff of Buffalo’s golf tournament is near! We are proud to attend and support the Jim Kelly Celebrity Classic, one of the longest running celebrity golf tournaments in the country. Warren, Dave, Scott, and Colleen will be on hand to support our friend Jim Kelly. This year is the 30th anniversary of the tournament and will feature a Country Western theme, taking place June 5th & 6th to benefit the Kelly for Kids Foundation.
Scrum-ptious Website Launch
We are excited for our partner Positively Rugby on the launch of their new website. Positively Rugby helps to provide business development opportunities for the individuals and businesses involved in the sport, while spreading their message of positivity.
High Octane Networking – Southern California’s Largest Technology Conference
We helped our partners at OCTANe put on the 2016 Technology Investor Forum, held May 17th and 18th. Scott spoke to a group of technology investors at the VIP reception. Over 800 individuals attended the event at the Hotel Irvine, making it the largest technology innovation and investment conference in Southern California.
Groundbreaking Compassion – Goodwill of OC Dedication Ceremony
Our team was in attendance to support the dedication of the new Goodwill of OC building on May 26th. We love supporting all philanthropic causes with great values that aim to make an impact in the community.
Around the World in 5 Days – David And Derek Visit Partners in India
Our executives David Meltzer and Derek Shaw will be visiting our partners in India for some very exciting upcoming news.
David and Bradley were guests at David Shaw’s “Mind Behind the Games” fireside chat, hosted by Chat Sports, on May 18th. David was invited to join the intimate behind-the-scenes conversation as he will be the host of an upcoming event.
See the Impact – David, Iris, and Warren Vist Kenya to See The Village We Built
Members of our team will be traveling to Kenya to see the sustainable villages that were built through our work with the Unstoppable Foundation. Last year at the Unstoppable Gala we raised money to sponsor an entire village and for the first time will see first-hand the impact it has had on the local economy.
Golden State Legends – California Hall of Fame Dinner and Golf Tournament
We will be in attendance at the California Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016 Induction ceremony and golf tournament on June 26th and 27th. The event will take place at the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa and will honor our friends Ronnie Lott, Ralph Lawler, Dr. Frank Jobe, Lindsay Davenport, Fernando Valenzuela, Jim Fox and Christian Okoye.
Catch This One – Andre Reed’s Annual Golf Tournament
We cannot wait to ball with the ballers at Andre Reed’s 7th Annual Golf Classic in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The event will take place at the Lehigh Country Club on June 27th and benefits the Andre Reed Foundation in its commitment to underprivileged children.
Don’t End Up There – The Dawghouse TV Show
What happens when you focus too much on sports and not enough on life? You end up in The Dawghouse! We continue to work in conjunction with the renowned creative writer, Pidge Jobst, and MAD Magazine animator, Mort Drucker, to deliver the first-ever sports cartoon TV Show. The Dawghouse show centers around the issues that arise from the main character’s obsession with sports. We are involved in both consulting and producing roles with the show set to premiere later this year.