Our Initiatives

Team

Beverly J. Smith, Senior Program Director

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

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 and the ESPN /LISC Pilot Home Court Program. Kwame provides crucial grants and project management oversight to ensure completion of much-needed recreation spaces in low-income communities. He also serves as a co-chair on the LISC Diversity and Inclusion committee.

Mike Soszynski, Program Officer

Mike supports the administration of the NFL Foundation Grassroots and ESPN/LISC Pilot Home Court Programs. Mike also assists the Sports and Recreation department by conducting research and planning on policy and development issues that affect parks, recreation and facilities.