Kevin Carroll

Katalyst, Kevin Carroll Katalyst, LLC
Portland, OR, United States

About Kevin

Bio

Kevin Carroll is the founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC and the author of three highly successful books published by ESPN, Disney Press and McGraw-Hill. As an author, speaker and agent for social change (a.k.a. the Katalyst), it is Kevin’s “job” to inspire businesses, organizations and individuals - from CEOs and employees of Fortune 500 companies to schoolchildren - to embrace their spirit of play and creativity to maximize their human potential and sustain more meaningful business and personal growth.

With his consulting endeavors, Kevin has helped turn creative ideas into reality for organizations such as The National Hockey League, ESPN, Nike, Starbucks (his words appeared on 17 million Grande cups), The National Basketball Association, The Walt Disney Company, Mattel, Hasbro, Procter & Gamble, The Discovery Channel, Capital One, and many others.

Raised by his grandparents in Philadelphia, Kevin spent endless hours at the neighborhood playground where he found his calling: a red rubber ball. His subsequent pursuit of sport and his “red rubber ball” took him overseas with the Air Force, where he served as a language interpreter and translator.

After serving in the Air Force for ten years and earning his college degree, Kevin became an athletic trainer at the high school and collegiate levels in Philadelphia. His expertise in sport performance was recognized by the National Basketball Association’s 76ers organization and led to his job as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Philadelphia 76ers in 1995. While at the 76ers, Nike tapped Kevin to bring his unique experiences to the sneaker giant in 1997. Kevin was directed to create a position at the company that would add value to the overall mission of the brand. Kevin accepted the challenge and stayed for seven years as “Katalyst” (the ‘K’ is for Kevin) – a creative change agent. At Nike, he was instrumental in helping the company develop a deeper understanding of athletic product performance, team dynamics and interpersonal communication. Kevin left Nike in 2004 to create his own company, Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC, committed to elevating the power of sport and play around the world.

Kevin has dedicated his life to advancing sports and play as a vehicle for social change. He partners with non-governmental organizations and businesses around the world that share his vision and goals. He was honored to speak at the United Nations as part of the UN Year of Sports for Development and Peace in 2005 and to host the Beyond Sport Summit in 2009 that featured Nobel Peace Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Kevin holds a MS in Health Education from St. Joseph’s University, and a BA in Speech Communication with a minor in Physical Education from Angelo State University. Kevin is a frequent visiting professor across the United States.

Areas of Expertise

Sport , Sport and Education, Creative and Innovation, Social Change Agent, Literacy

An idea worth spreading

We ALL Speak BALL… A BALL can change the world…

Sport and play are common human denominators and equalizers. No matter where you go in the world - regardless of socioeconomic, political or religious system - we ALL PLAY + we ALL SPEAK BALL. Stories abound about the use of Sport and play are common human denominators and equalizers. No matter where you go in the world - regardless of socioeconomic, political or religious system - we ALL PLAY + we ALL SPEAK BALL. Stories abound about the use of sport and play as social innovation tools versus foes of the human condition - HIV/AIDS, gender equity, social inclusion, homelessness, literacy, natural disaster, conflict and many others. Sport and play are ever-present throughout our world and there are human catalysts who utilize it to inspire change and action.

I'm passionate about

A Book & A Ball Can Change The World! Literacy & access to knowledge + Sport & play used as a social innovation tool - both areas can be a catalyst to advance the human condition in a positive way.

Talk to me about

Books, Balls/Sports or Betterment of the humanity.

People don't know I'm good at

finding unique chocolate shops.

Comments & conversations

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Kevin Carroll
Posted about 4 years ago
LIVE CHAT With Kevin Carroll: Can a ball save a life & change the world? What are the social innovation values of sports? June 15, 4-5PM EDT
you are absolutely right, Alberto! Lack of recess for students in the US is a BIG issue with BIG ramifications. There are some great organizations that are fighting a "noble" fight to enlighten + encourage civic leaders to recognize the role & value of play/recess/sports. social bonding is a great outcome from sport too! thanks for the comment!
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Kevin Carroll
Posted about 4 years ago
LIVE CHAT With Kevin Carroll: Can a ball save a life & change the world? What are the social innovation values of sports? June 15, 4-5PM EDT
pick-up games require quick adaptation to others + creating spontaneous "non-verbal" language or gestures to communicate with your new teammates to play well together. I t really is a great test of one's ability to be resourceful, clever, adapt quickly + have a great playing experience. The magic is when you connect with someone you hardly know or just met in the pick-up game & you really have a true game connection as if the team has been playing together for years. Belonging, respect for each others gift/talent, & the mutual love for the game can go a long way!! thanks for the comment Aleksey!
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Kevin Carroll
Posted about 4 years ago
LIVE CHAT With Kevin Carroll: Can a ball save a life & change the world? What are the social innovation values of sports? June 15, 4-5PM EDT
sure...Homeless World Cup (social inclusion), Right To Play(advocates for children in conflict regions), Beyond The Ball (belonging), Boxgirls (gender issues), The Girl Effect (education/sport access). there's a plethora of these organizations around the globe - check out www.beyondsport.org too for more examples. Thanks for the comment, Susan!
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Kevin Carroll
Posted about 4 years ago
LIVE CHAT With Kevin Carroll: Can a ball save a life & change the world? What are the social innovation values of sports? June 15, 4-5PM EDT
all great resources for belonging too, Katherine. I never had to deal with bullying per se but it did help that my older brother was quite big & strong & a bit feared in the neighborhood. Belonging is a big deal for young people. Finding a positive place to spend that critical time after school is key - 3p-6p is that important time for sure to find positive outlets. thanks for the comment!