The National Sports Forum, the largest cross‐team sports sales and marketing conference in North America, announced Artie Kempner, Director of Fox Sports, as the recipient of their 2015 OM Foundation Award, at their event in Cincinnati last week.
This award recognizes an individual in the sports and entertainment industry who goes above and beyond to strengthen their community. Individuals are nominated and the winner is selected by the NSF Steering Committee and OM Foundation Award Selection Committee. Kempner was presented the award on stage during the opening ceremony of the 2015 National Sports Forum, at the Duke Energy Convention Center. He is also the founding President of Autism Delaware. His organization is responsible for advancing the social and professional opportunities for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families throughout Delaware over the past 16 years.
Kempner started the Autism Delaware organization with his wife Marcy out of their home, building it into a group that has now served more than 1,000 children and adults. Autism Delaware has continued to grow over time, helping those with autism, as well as their families for many years. Kempner has helped raise over $4 million for Autism Delaware, thanks to events like the “Drive for Autism” golf tournament, a yearly event scheduled in conjunction with the spring race weekend at Dover International Speedway.
The influence of Kempner’s work has also extended to a number of states, as other autism advocacy groups have implemented his programs.
“Autism Delaware is my passion, it’s something that’s very near to my heart,” Kempner said. “And I think it’s important to understand that other people have charitable passions that they feel the same way
about, and it’s important to help them as well.”
Kempner’s son, Ethan, 20, was first diagnosed with autism in 1998. “Autism is a family disability,” he said. “It impacts every aspect of your family life.”
Kempner is also an 11-time sports Emmy award winner who played football at the University of Florida. He graduated in 1981 with a degree in Journalism and Communications. He lives in Wilmington, Del. with his wife Marcy (a 7-time sports Emmy winner), and has three sons, Matt, Ethan and Jack.