In this episode of SCI Talk, we explore Athlete Philanthropy in the world of professional sports with Harrie Bakst of Weinstein Carnegie Philanthropic Group. He discusses the issues and controversies surrounding athlete philanthropy and suggests effective ways for athletes to foster a strong philanthropic organization, while avoiding the many potholes that inevitably present themselves in such projects.
About Harrie Bakst:
Harrie’s remarkable story is highlighted in A Race Like No Other (Harper Collins) by The New York Times sportswriter Liz Robbins, where he overcame cancer, started WCPG, and ran the New York City Marathon a mere 5 months after his 33rd and final treatment. He also serves on a number of boards and committees including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, UJA Federation of New York’s Young Entertainment Committee, Switch2Health’s Board of Advisors, and served as chair of Right To Play’s Young Board of Trustees. Harrie was born in New York City (from the only borough worthy of a “The” in front of it), and is a graduate with Magna Cum Laude honors from New York University, where he was presented the Allie Sherman Business Leadership Award & the President’s Service Award. Harrie was also named by Partnership Activation as one of forty-eight Rising Stars in the sports and entertainment industries in addition to being listed as a top executive under 30-years old by under30CEO.com. He continues to compete in marathons and triathlons raising money and awareness for cancer research.
Harrie currently resides in Manhattan with his wife Amy, and is cancer free.