Cubs President Crane Kenney Joins Good Sports Chicago Advisory Board
Kenney to bring business management expertise to nonprofit dedicated to providing new sports equipment to disadvantaged youth
Chicago (April 23, 2015) – Crane Kenney, President of Business Operations with the Chicago Cubs, has joined the Good Sports Chicago Advisory Board, Good Sports CEO Melissa Harper announced today. Kenney brings years of sports and business management expertise to Good Sports’ mission of “getting more kids in the game” by providing new athletic equipment, footwear and apparel to disadvantaged youth, athletic programs and schools nationwide. Kenney joins the local advisory board with a goal of assisting Good Sports in furthering its presence and impact in Chicago and throughout the Midwest.
“The Good Sports mission of giving all children an opportunity to participate in athletics is something I’m truly passionate about,” Kenney said on joining the Good Sports Chicago Advisory Board. “I look forward to working hands on with the well-run non-profit and the growing number of Chicago youth that benefit from Good Sports’ donations.”
Good Sports’ 13-member Chicago Advisory Board includes diverse representatives from an array of industries, including the sports, financial, non-profit and media fields. Also serving on the Chicago Advisory Board is USA hockey great and former Blackhawk Jack O’Callahan, principal and co-founder at Beanpot Financial Services. Other notable Chicago sports professionals also lending support to Good Sports are Stan Bowman, Vice President and General Manager of the Chicago Blackhawks and Neil Funk, voice of the Chicago Bulls. Both of these individuals serve on the organizations National Board of Advisors.
Twelve years ago, Harper and COO Christy Keswick – along with a team of founders – launched Good Sports on the simple premise that all kids deserve to play, and experience the vast health and social benefits of regular activity, regardless of where they live and family income. By partnering with sporting goods manufacturers, Good Sports has provided more than $12 million worth of equipment donations and impacted more than one million children since the organization’s start.
“Adding Crane to the Good Sports roster speaks volumes in regards to the progress and impact our organization has made both locally and nationally,” Harper said. “We continue to see budget cuts in youth sports and physical education programs across the country and costs shifting to families in form of higher fees. Good Sports needs to provide the resources to play so youngsters do not turn to the streets or the couch. To have Crane Kenney join our advisory board, and choose to spend his time supporting our cause, is huge in getting more kids in the game.”
Kenney enters his 21st season with the Cubs organization, and as President of Business Operations oversees all aspects of the club’s business operation. As the principal executive in charge of Cubs’ operations from 2003-10, he helped the Cubs welcome more than three million fans through Wrigley Field’s turnstiles each season since 2004, including a record mark of 3,300,200 fans in 2008.
Kenney has led a number of projects during his successful tenure with the Cubs organization, most notably the highly publicized, stadium-wide renovation of Wrigley Field currently in progress. He also guided the team’s 2009 - 2011 effort to secure financing for a new state-of-the-art spring training facility in Mesa, Arizona.
Kenney founded Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the Cubs cable partner, with Jerry Reinsdorf in 2003 and has served on the board of directors since its formation. He holds a law degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.
ABOUT GOOD SPORTS:
Good Sports helps lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. By partnering with sporting goods manufacturers, Good Sports gets crucial equipment to kids who need it most, getting them in the game. Since 2003, Good Sports has provided more than $12 million worth of equipment to more than 1,800 youth programs, impacting millions of kids. Good Sports has also been awarded a coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest charity evaluator, for sound fiscal management, transparency and accountability; is a Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance accredited charity; and is listed on Social Impact Exchange’s S&I 100, an index of top American nonprofits creating meaningful social impact. For more information on how you can support Good Sports, please visit http://www.goodsports.org.