Our Initiatives

Team

Beverly J. Smith, Vice President

Beverly oversees the management of the NFL Foundation Grassroots Program, ESPN RePlay and Home Court Programs and the Under Armour Facility Improvement Program. These programs providing financing and technical assistance to neighborhood-based organizations, parks and recreation departments, schools and other community-based organizations across the nation, to improve the quality, safety and accessibility of local football fields, basketball courts and recreation spaces. Beverly manages all aspects of these partnerships with funding provided by the National Football League Foundation, ESPN Corporate Responsibility and the Under Armour Foundation. 

Kwame Flaherty, Senior Program Officer

With over 10 years of experience in the sports and recreation industry, Kwame is instrumental in the day-to-day management of the NFL Foundation Grassroots Program, ESPN RePlay Program and Home Court Programs and Under Armour Facilities Improvement Program.  Kwame provides crucial grants and project management oversight to ensure completion of much-needed recreation spaces in low-income communities.

Crystal Hunter, Assistant Program Officer

Crystal assists in the program management of the NFL Foundation Grassroots and ESPN RePlay and Home Court Programs. Crystal assists the Sports & Recreation team in project tracking and monitoring, conducting research and data collection for our portfolio of projects with ESPN, Under Armour and the NFL.