The Sports Video Group established the Sports Broadcasting Fund in 2012 in order to help those in need.
“The sports-television industry is a family of talent, creatives, techs, and crew who depend on each other in the studio and the field and now, with the SVG Sports Broadcasting Fund, at home,” says Ken Aagaard, SVG Broadcasting Fund Advisory Board chairman. “In a business underpinned by a freelance workforce, it is especially important that we develop a process for helping out our peers and their families when they are struck by serious misfortune.”
The Sports Broadcasting Fund is supported by generous donations from industry professionals as well as ticket sales to the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Founded in 2006, the Sports Video Group (SVG) is an international association for sports-television professionals with the mission to advance the creation, production, and distribution of sports content. As producer of the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame and 12 other industry events, as well as numerous media properties and industry initiatives, the organization represents a membership of more than 4,000 active participants in the creation of sports content for TV, the Internet, mobile devices, and in-venue distribution.
In 2011 freelance cameraman Jeremy Schultz passed away following a fire at his home that left his family in a nearly impossible position as they lost their home and all of their possessions.
In the following weeks, however, CBS, with the help of the Alma Foundation and SVG, was able to raise more than $50,000 to help his family begin to rebuild their lives and pay for medical bills.
Several years back a similar and separate fund was created for the family of Ron Scalise, who this year is being inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Helping Jeremy and Ron and their families was worth the time and effort for all of us but we realized we need a way to act more quickly. Going through the legal process of setting up a fund takes time, and when someone is in need that time is something we cannot afford to lose.
The Sports Broadcasting Fund is a charitable entity for our industry to reach out and respond to those in need with appropriate support.