Using Sport to Create a Positive Change in Rhode Island
By: Jessica Kaufman
August 12th 2015
Last week, Social Enterprise Greenhouse hosted the first ever Sport For Change event. The event was the kick off of what will be an ongoing monthly series head up by Billy Watterson. Billy is the CEO and Founder of Beat the Streets, a nonprofit social enterprise that works closely with Social Enterprise Greenhouse.
This first event was organized and headed up by Jessica Kaufman (Social Enterprise Greenhouse Student Venture Intern), Billy, and Paula Cunanan (Social Enterprise Greenhouse Communication Manager). This event series is Social Enterprise Greenhouse’s launch of the sport industry social enterprise focus group. Social Enterprise Greenhouse already has a food industry social enterprise focus group (Community Table) and plans to launch several more industry specific social venture groups in the coming months, including an upcoming focus group on the cosmetic industry.
30 attendees including 11 different sports impact organizations gathered to start the conversation about how to grow the social impact of sports in Rhode Island. Here is the list of attendees with links to their enterprises (pictured below): NE Distance | Even Field | Project Goal | Sports Symposium| RI Bike Coalition | Providence Roller Derby | Girls On the Run RI | Women Play Ball | Believe I Am | Level Ground MMA
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Student Venture Intern
Jessica Kaufman is the Social Enterprise Greenhouse Student Venture Intern for Summer 2015. She is working under the Social Enterprise Greenhouse University Initiative, which is funded through the Blackstone Charitable Foundation Innovation Grant to retain students and recent graduates in Rhode Island through enabling them to work on and in social enterprises. Her work centers around documenting the success stories of student and recent graduate social ventures. Learn more about Jessica here.