Letter From The President
The month of September brings the start of NFL football season and my favorite time of the year. We also have a few Crescent Moon events to look forward to in the next month; it should be a great month to talk about.
I started off the month with a bang, with the Washington Redskins deciding to bench Robert Griffin III in favor of Kirk Cousins. TMZ Sports asked me about how RG3’s scenario has played since being drafted first overall in 2012. I gave my honest opinion that he’s a great player in an offense not suited for him or his skill set. I think he needs to go where a team is willing to devote themselves offensively to the things he does best. Additionally, as an individual he needs to put more time into football than his off the field activities: social media, endorsements, etc., and focus on being best football player he can be.
That evening I went to the Willow Lodge in Seattle to attend a meet and great function for Visa with their corporate clients and customers. They served food and drinks; I spoke for a few minutes about my career and did a Q&A to wrap up. It was a fun evening for the local people involved with Visa. I really enjoy doing the corporate events, not only in Seattle but also all over the county.
Finally we got to the last preseason game, which is always a treat knowing the following weeks game is for real. It seems we always play the Raiders in our 4th pre-season game. The main goal is to get through the final game with no injuries to the starters and a final chance for the young players to make their case for a spot on the final roster. Our young guys played well and we beat them 31-21. The sad part about the last pre-season game is the looming roster cut and the players who become unemployed. A lot of these guys have put tremendous amounts of dedication and hard work into realizing their dream of playing in the NFL and it unfortunately comes to an end for a lot of guys across the league.
Since we played on Thursday we were off for Labor Day weekend, so I headed down to San Diego with some friends of mine. On Friday evening we went to Nobu for dinner, one of my favorite sushi restaurants across the county. We spent the rest of the evening walking around the gas lamp district in San Diego having a great time. The following day I spent the afternoon in Pacific Beach and had dinner that evening at the famous steakhouse Lou & Mickey’s back in the gas lamp. I flew back to Seattle on Labor Day and finished the weekend with a BBQ at my godparents’ home.
On Thursday I flew to Connecticut to celebrate a good friends birthday with dinner at J Gilberts in Glastonbury, then went to a place called Rooftop 120 to celebrate the rest of the evening. The following night I saw Florida Georgia Line, Frankie Ballard and Thomas Rhett at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford.
From Connecticut it was on to St. Louis for our opening game of the season against the Rams. It was a really good football game that went into overtime. Unfortunately, St. Louis beat us with a field goal. The Rams have always given us trouble in St. Louis beating us the last three of four times. This game, similar the past four, came down to the end and ultimately they made more plays than we did beating us 34-31.
On Wednesday the 16th, I flew to New York for the Joe Namath Celebrity Golf Classic benefiting the March of Dimes foundation. That evening was a casino party to kick off the golf tournament and we had an opportunity to spend time with the March of Dimes families, take photos and learn their stories. The following morning I participated in the golf tournament at the beautiful Bethpage golf course in Farmingdale, NY. There were about 150 different celebrities in attendance, including Hall of Famers from all major sports. Joe has tremendous support and continues to bring together the greatest collection of former players that I have ever been around. Collectively, we were able to raise over $1 million for the March of Dimes foundation.
After the golf tournament, I hopped on a plane back to Seattle for my major fundraiser, Fashion First, part of Seattle’s Fashion Week. This is the 12th year they’ve put it on and we had an opportunity to be a beneficiary along with the Inspire Youth Project. It was a fun night of fashion; we had an auction, pre and post cocktail receptions and a post-party. Everyone had a great evening seeing some of the newest fashion and achieving our goal of raising over $100,000 for my Crescent Moon Foundation and the Inspire Youth Project.
The next morning I flew to Chicago, en route to Green Bay, and spent the evening with friends. We had dinner at Siena Tavern, which had a great vibe, good energy, and outstanding Italian food.
The next morning I drove to Green Bay to meet up with the team and get ready for our Sunday night clash with the Packers. We were facing a great football team with big time revenge for us after beating them in last years NFC championship. As with the Rams game it was closely fought but Packers got the best of us in the end, so we went back to Seattle 0-2.
The St. Louis road trip began a busy travel schedule and I was almost at the finish line. Hours after arriving back in Seattle from Green Bay, I was again on a plane to Los Angeles to help co-host the GEANCO Foundation Gala at the Sunset Gower studios in Hollywood honoring the extremely talented actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and David Oyelowo. I was only in LA 5 hours, but I made a commitment to be a host because I strongly believe in the foundations cause. GEANCO provides medical care in Africa for people in need and their ultimate goal is to build a first class medical facility in Nigeria. I headed back to Seattle that evening to tape Seahawks All-Access the following morning.
Finally I got a chance to relax and stay in one place for five days; it was great to be home, sleep in my own bed, spend time with my son, and regroup for our home opener against the Chicago Bears. There was a lot of excitement leading up to Sunday because Kam Chancellor had decided to end his hold out and return to the team. We went out and used that energy, enthusiasm, and with our 12th man crowd we beat the bears 26-0 to get back on the winning track
On Friday prior to the game, I was at Century Link field for the unveiling of the Seahawks Wall of Legends that’s been installed in the stadium to honor the greatest Seahawks of all time. Being one of the honorees, Steven Largent and I were in attendance to represent the group of players being honored.
To finish my busy month, I attended a meet and greet appearance for Lincoln Financial as a favor to Bob Guiney, a good friends of mine who now works with them. They are trying to recreate the success of the company at the Pacific Northwest office through spurring excitement and motivating the brokers.
I think you can tell by how much I traveled it was a busy, yet very successful month in many ways. We are looking forward to another fundraiser in Kansas City with the American Royal in October. We will have a lot more to discuss on that in next months newsletter. I hope you enjoyed my travels and insight this past month and I look forward to having more things to discuss in November.
David Meltzer Appearances:
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The Ohio State University—Columbus, OH 10/1/15
Indiana University—Bloomington, IN 10/2/15
Gravity Summit SportsTech—Los Angeles, CA 10/7/15
National High School Basketball Association—Atlanta, GA 10/8/15
L’OREAL Headquarters—Dallas, TX 10/14/15
ElevenEleven Winery Speaker Series—Napa, CA 10/24/15
Long Beach State—Long Beach, CA 10/28/15
San Diego State University—San Diego, CA 10/29/15
C-Suite Network Conference—Ritz Carlton San Francisco, CA 11/1/15
Tulane University Law School—New Orleans, LA 11/4/15
United States Travel Association—Washington, DC 11/19/15
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Dave Inducted Into Radio Hall of Fame
On September 17th, Dave was inducted into the Thursday Night Tailgate Hall of Fame for his contributions to the show with his infamous weekly segment interviewing the most inspirational athletes and figures in sports. Join him every Thursday at 5pm PST for his 12th man segment on Thursday Night Tailgate.
Seattle’s Largest Fashion Show Benefits Crescent Moon
The S1M team traveled to Seattle for the largest fashion show in the northwest, which this year featured a Seahawks theme. The stylish evening raised over $100,000 for the Crescent Moon Foundation and Inspire Youth Project.
Dave To Keynote USTA Board of Directors Meeting
On November 19th, Dave will be the keynote speaker for the United States Travel Association Board of Directors meeting in Washington, DC.
Change Your Life For The Better With Two Simple Words, Mobile App Coming Soon
Two words twice a day can change your life; “thank you”. Discover a new way to remain grateful and send personalized notes. The Meltzer Mission Gratitude app is coming soon.
Dave Meltzer Featured on PBS Special
Dave continues to be featured in the one-of-a-kind PBS special 13-part series on Master Sha. The series explores his Soul Healing Miracles and will continue to air weekly on Saturday evenings through November 15th.
Join Us in Hawaii For the Longest Running Event at The Pro Bowl
Our team returns to Hawaii for the 2016 Pro Bowl and our 16th Annual Hall of Fame Pro Bowl Reception dinner at Morton’s Steakhouse benefiting the Crescent Moon Foundation on January 28th. Guests will be seated amongst top tier Pro Bowl and Hall of Fame players for an evening of good food, drinks, and raising money for scholarships. For sponsorship and ticket opportunities, please contact Colleen Maloy.
Joe Namath Celebrity Golf Classic Raises Over $1 Million For March of Dimes
Dave fields 4 on 4 Basketball Team At Joe Namath Celebrity Golf Classic. On September 16-17th, our team headed to New York for the 11th Annual Joe Namath Broadway and Birdies for Babies Golf Tournament taking place over four courses at the historic Bethpage golf course. The tournament featured over 150 Hall of Famers, athletes, and celebrities, raising over $1 million dollars for the March of Dimes foundation.
Warren Hosts as Hollywood Stars Are Honored
On September 21st Warren co-hosted the star-studded GEANCO Impact Africa Gala honoring Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejifor and Emmy-nominated actor David Oyelowo with the Global Promise Award. Thanks to Afam Onyema and everyone else at GEANCO for the amazing work they do.
Spirit of Excellence Gala Supporting Irvine Public School Foundation
Our partners at the Irvine Public School Foundation will be hosting their 6th annual Spirit of Excellence Gala on October 17th at the KIA Motors headquarters. You can find more information here.
After Exceeding Expectations in the Pilot, Mission Meetings Moves To Soft Launch
Mission Meetings are a fast and efficient way to achieve results through personalized coaching by the most accomplished leaders in their respective fields. While the Pilot program sold out in two weeks, the soft launch is now available. Click for scheduling and to try your first Mission Meeting for free.
Dew Tour Heads to Breckenridge For Season Finale
We head to Breckenridge, CO to wrap up the 2015 Dew Tour with the men’s and women’s snowboard and freeski competitions at one of America’s top winter resorts. For sponsorship or partnership opportunities please contact Paul Stack.
David Joins Deepak Chopra and Arianna Huffington on JUST Capital Board
Dave traveled to New York with his fellow board members – including, Deepak Chopra, Arianna Huffington, Paul Tudor Jones II – for the JUST Capital launch, a new non-profit dedicated to aligning corporate behavior with the value of the American people.
NFLPA Locker Room to Host 300 Current Players at Super Bowl 50
We are excited to be partnering again with the NFL Players Association for this years NFLPA Locker Room in Union Square on February 5-6, before Super Bowl Sunday. To request sponsorship opportunities for this exclusive event, please contact Scott Carter.
Dave & Warren Now Sit On Rose Bowl Board
Dave and Warren now sit on the board of the Rose Bowl Foundation. For all Pac-12 and Rose Bowl fans, the Rose Bowl is now offering commemorative
bricks, which will be installed before this years Rose Bowl game in January. You can purchase your own personalized brick here.
Red Bull Returns to NBC
Our thriving partnership with Red Bull Signature Series returns to NBC October 3rd with Red Bull Joyride and Red Bull Cape Fear on October 17th. For sponsorship or partnership opportunities please contact Daniel Edwards.
BYU Falls Short As Our Executives are Hosted by Rose Bowl Foundation
Derek and Scott were hosted by the Rose Bowl Foundation for the BYU vs UCLA game, unfortunately for Scott, BYU fell short. Thanks to Dedan Brozino and his team from the Rose Bowl Foundation. We look forward to our continued relationship with them.
With New President, NFL Alumni Kicks Off The Season
As the new president of the Southern California NFL Alumni Association, former NFL defensive back, Chris Hale kicked off the season with a Monday Night Football mixer at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. We look forward to working more with Chris and the NFL Alumni.
Jerry Rice and Ronnie Lott Join Hall of Fame Flag Football
S1M continues our dedication to kids with our two recent partnerships, Shmoop and Hall of Fame Flag Football. Shmoop offers online interactive tutoring for kids of all ages, while HOF Flag football covers the physical side of getting kids safely active and engaged with amazing community involvement. Rumor has it you may even see a couple Hall of Famer’s and former Forty Niner players patrolling the sidelines.
Friends For Fragile X Benefits Autism At 3rd Annual Fundraiser
Sports 1 Marketing was the title sponsor for the 3rd Annual Friends For Fragile X event in Orange County. The event helped fundraise money for children with autism. You can learn more and contribute to their cause here.
A New Face in Luxury Golf Coming Soon
Offering a new solution for high-end golf, 1Up Golf will be breaking ground at locations in Idaho, San Diego, New Jersey, and Dubai by the end of this year!
Historic Super Bowl 50 Preparations Begin in San Francisco
Dave, Derek, and Brad visited the Bay Area for several meetings and media opportunities as we prepare for the Super Bowl. Some highlights of the trips included meeting with our partner Shmoop, a radio interview on KNBR with Ted Ramey, Dave speaking at San Jose State University, and the season opener watching University of New Hampshire running back, and former S1M intern, Dalton Crossan, play against San Jose State.
Eleven Eleven Winery Hosts Dave as Keynote Speaker
Dave will be speaking on October 24, 2015 launching the quarterly speaker series “Conversations With…” at Eleven Eleven Winery in Napa Valley. Eleven Eleven is one of Napa’s newest and sought after winery. Space is limited, however you can RSVP here.
Pictionary Founder Scores Royal Flush for Charity
Our good friend Rob Angel, creator of Pictionary, is holding his annual Poker Slam event October 24th at El Gaucho in Bellevue, WA benefiting the Inspire Youth Project. Visit the website for more information and see how you can get involved.
UCLA MBA Team To Work On 6 Month Project For S1M
We have been selected by the UCLA School of Management’s Applied Management Research program where a team of five MBA students will work on a six month real-life project benefiting Sports 1 Marketing’s business, while enriching the MBA students with experience and situational knowledge.
Warren to be Grand Marshal at 90th Annual American Royal Parade
The Crescent Moon Foundation is honored to be a beneficiary of Sports Radio 810 WHB’s Pork Radio party at the Kansas City American Royal BBQ. This years event will take place at Arrowhead stadium on Friday, October 3rd and 4th, where Warren and Frank White (Royals Hall of Famer) will be the Grand Marshal’s of the 90th annual American Royal parade.
Are You Unstoppable?
Congratulations to Dave as he has been added to the Board of Directors for the Unstoppable Foundation. A recent board meeting secured the 2016 gala dates, which will take place March 19th, 2016 at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Please visit Unstoppable.com for more information.
The Premier Network for Athletes
We are excited to announce our newest partnership with Athlete Network, the premier destination for athletes of all levels transitioning to the workplace. Athletes of all levels can sign up today for free.
Olympic Speed Skating Legend Hosts Event Benefiting Special Olympics
We are working with the Apolo Ohno Invitational in Salt Lake City on November 13. The event will be benefitting the Special Olympics and will air November 27th on NBC Sports Network. For sponsorship opportunities please contact Scott Carter.
Top Executives Meet at Popeye’s HQ in Atlanta for National High School Basketball Association
Dave will be traveling to speak at the Popeyes Headquarter in Atlanta, GA for the National High School Basketball Association annual board meeting alongside executives from JP Morgan, Coca Cola and Citibank.
National Network Looks To Bring Home One More NABA Championship
Starting October 11th, Daniel will be traveling to Phoenix, where Dave and Scott will join him for the National Adult Baseball Association World Series. We wish them luck in their final season and hope they are able to bring back the championship again.
Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Focuses on Uniondale Redevelopment
We will be working closely with Brooklyn S&E on the redevelopment project in Uniondale and look forward to sharing the details with you.