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Winners All Around: Fantasy Focus Discusses ESPN’s Role In CoachArt Volunteer Program

ESPN employees totaled roughly 500 hours in support of the Fantasy Football mentoring program which pairs volunteers with children experiencing chronic illness

CoachArt is a national nonprofit program that pairs volunteers with children experiencing chronic illness, as well as their siblings, so that they can teach these youth skills such as music, art, sports, and cooking.

Chairman, ESPN and Sports Content, James Pitaro is on CoachArt’s board.

With in-person mentoring and coaching sports limited due to the pandemic, ESPN created the Fantasy Football mentoring program in which 24 ESPN volunteers were matched with 24 CoachArt students across the country to help them learn how to play fantasy football as a way to deepen their knowledge of the game and have some fun.

In total, there were three Coach Art/ESPN leagues in this inaugural season, and mentors helped develop a draft strategy and worked weekly with their mentees to discuss lineups, trades, waiver wire, etc.

ESPN’s Fantasy experts such as Field Yates, Michael Clay, Eric Moody, and Liz Loza all participated in the kickoff of the program.

In total, ESPN employees accumulated roughly 500 volunteer hours supporting this program.

In the video from ESPN Digital’s Fantasy Focus above, Yates discusses the CoachArt program with co-hosts Stephania Bell and Daniel Dopp.

League Winners

  • CoachArt Fantasy League 1: Oakland Nolanthegoat210, led by CoachArt student Nolan and ESPN coach Mike Pinkosky
  • CoachArt Fantasy League 2: Valentino’s Pirates, led by CoachArt student Valentino and ESPN coach Jaren Watterworth
  • CoachArt Fantasy League 3: Team Sooz, led by CoachArt student Troy and ESPN coach Matthew Vechinsky

Donald Brooks contributed to this post

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