Mission & Purpose

Who Should Attend?

Through formats consisting of panels, small group discussions and networking opportunities, our events are designed to deliver valuable information, exposure and relationships to all participants.


Athletes.  It's never too early to begin thinking about what's next.  Whether it's learning the basics of starting a company, building your personal brand, evaluating a business opportunity or how to effectively align your philanthropic program with your values, our community can help you think about the "how" question.

Brands.  Want to create organic content and position your brand at the intersection of entrepreneurship and sports?  Or get in the room with influential athletes, founders, sports advisors and investors?  Our events allow you the freedom to help align your product or service with our ecosystem.

Entrepreneurs.  Looking for a valuable connection to take your business to the next level?  Want to compare notes with another Founder on some of the challenges around growing your company?  Chances are there's someone in our network who can help.

Sports Advisors.  Are you an Agent, Attorney, Business Manager or Marketing & Branding specialist with individual or corporate sports clientele?  We want to hear your valuable insight on all relevant situations and topics while providing you a potential growth avenue for your business.

Venture Capital.  Whether you are a VC, Family Office or experienced investor, our Athletes and Entrepreneurs are interested in hearing about the lessons you've learned!

2019 Pre-ESPY Highlights

Recent Special Guests

Paul Pierce

10x NBA All-Star

NBA Champion & Finals MVP

Donovan Carter

UCLA Football Alum

& Actor in HBO's "Ballers"

James Farrior

2x Super Bowl Champion

14 Year NFL Veteran

Robert Griffith

Minnesota Vikings Legend

13 Year NFL Veteran

Kenny Mitchell

Chief Marketing Officer



Kerner Smith

Founders & Players

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Tracy Deforge

The Players' Impact

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Marques Colston

Entrepreneur, Investor & NFL Alumni


Garrett Klugh

Falk Ventures


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Chris Masters

Huddle Sports Partners


Chuck Baker


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David Gardner

ColorJar & The Big Jump Podcast


Supporting Partners at Previous Events

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Founders & Players is an acceleration platform for the entrepreneurial athlete. We provide current and former athletes opportunities to connect and learn from other athletes, entrepreneurs, investors and sports industry professionals. Through interactive educational and social events, we explore topics relevant to athletes, business and making the transition. Our goal is to provide a foundation for growth through collaboration and engagement with a unique network of successful “Players” in sports, business and venture.