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StaffAugust 14, 2018


Jacksonville, FL, August 14, 2018 /AxisWire/ Athletes for CARE (A4C), a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a community where athletes can find support and raise awareness about the many challenges they face, announced today that it has hired Anna Valent as its first Executive Director.

Created for athletes by athletes, A4C aims to improve the lives of athletes by offering a variety of services and educational programs designed to help them overcome many of the issues they may be struggling with, such as depression or chronic pain, as well as help them find opportunity and a sense of purpose outside of sports. Outside of offering assistance, A4C also funds, commissions, and supports research that will directly benefit athletes; such as alternative medicine/therapies and equipment safety.

“I think it was extremely important for Athletes for CARE to hire an executive director that not only has the proper credentials but that has the passion to take this organization to the next level,” said Riley Cote, co-founder of Athletes for CARE and retired NHL player. “Athletes for CARE has garnered a ton of momentum and adding a professional like Anna Valent will help us break through and be a leader in this game changing market.”

“I am excited to join this passionate team working for the future of all retired professional athletes. I look forward to helping grow and develop this organization to create a community where athletes can find support, opportunity, and purpose in life after a career in sports,” said Valent. “Athletes at this level face unique challenges. They are still young and need a new career and a new outlet for their intense drive toward achieving goals. We are here to be their new team, help them navigate options for long-term pain management, and help them find a new passion and career.”

A formerly world-ranked distance swimmer; Ms. Valent graduated with honors from the University of Florida with degrees in both Psychology and Public Relations. Prior to being named as Executive Director for A4C, Ms. Valent was a founding partner and Chief Operating Officer at the national direct sales firm Wine Decadence, where she built the company’s foundational operating structure, managed expenses, and cost-effective strategies, and helped the company grow into one of the leading wine direct sales companies in the country.

“The founding principle of Athletes for CARE is by athletes and for athletes.  In order to stay true to that fundamental value, A4C needed a dynamic leader who not only understood how to manage and grow a non-profit organization, but one who also had the life experience of being an elite athlete,” said Ryan Kingsbury, Co-Founder of Athletes for CARE. “The organization is so fortunate to have found that leader in Anna Valent.  Her extensive experience in the non-profit sector, coupled with her background as a world-class athlete made her the ideal candidate to serve as Executive Director of Athletes for CARE.”

About Athletes for CARE
Athletes for CARE (A4C) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a community where athletes can find support, opportunity, and purpose in life after a career in sports. A4C was founded by a group of pro athletes who are uniting as one voice to advocate for research, education, and compassion when addressing critical health issues facing athletes and the public at large. For more information, please visit

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StaffJuly 12, 2018


Los Angeles, July 12, 2018 /AxisWire/ On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, dozens of athletes, entrepreneurs, and ultra-high net worth accredited investors will gather in Beverly Hills, California for the Unofficial Pre-ESPYs Dinner, hosted exclusively by Green Table.  Entrepreneurs and investors participating in the event will benefit from the firsthand knowledge of some of the world’s most premiere cannabis experts and thought leaders and will receive a curated look at the cannabis industry’s top leading brands.

This invite-only exclusive event will see a collection of elite athletes, experts, and celebrities on stage discussing the benefits cannabis and CBD for the first time ever. Join Green Table, along with a select number of ultra-high net worth accredited investors and entrepreneurs, as they continue to elevate the cannabis conversation.

The event is made possible through several sponsors, including Young America Capital, and partners like AltaCorp Capital, one of the most prestigious institutions in Canada. Proceeds from the event will go towards a donation to the charities Athletes for Care and the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative.

“Our recognition for excellence with institutional investors, capital markets, key influencers, and the cannabis space is unparalleled,” commented Bill Marcus, Managing Partner and Founder of Green Table. “We are proud to be working with Athletes for Care and the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, and we encourage all of our attendees to make a donation to these wonderful charity organizations.”

Attendees will be treated to two riveting discussion panels on the benefits of CBD, led by world-class cannabis experts and including elite athletes like Tiki Barber and household names like Jim Belushi. Accredited investors will hear presentations from the cannabis industry’s top-leading luxury brands. Green Table is the driving force for accelerated growth in the cannabis industry and prides itself in providing the opportunity for cannabis-related companies to present their business to investors who understand, support, and believe in the industry.

What: An elite gathering of professional athletes, entrepreneurs, and ultra-high net worth investors to discuss the benefits of CBD as well as investment opportunities in the cannabis industry.

When: Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

Where: Beverly Hills, California.

Some of the people expected to participate in the evening’s discussion panels include:

Panel 1
Tiki Barber – Former NFL Running Back
Tiki Barber is a former NFL running back who played for the New York Giants for ten seasons, and one of three players in NFL history with at least 10,000 yards rushing and 5,000 yards receiving.  Barber is co founder and Chief Business Development Officer for Grove Group Management, a next generation investment and management company in the cannabis industry.

Jeff Chen – M.D./M.B.A.
Dr. Jeff Chen is a graduate of the specialized dual degree MD/MBA program at UCLA. He has spent the past four years working at the intersection of academia, industry, nonprofit sector and government to accelerate cannabis research. He has been invited to speak on the topic of cannabis policy, science, and business at institutions ranging from the RAND Corporation to the UCLA Center for East West Medicine to Senator Feinstein’s Office.

David Bearman – M.D.
Dr. David Bearman is one of the most clinically knowledgeable physicians in the U.S. in the field of medicinal marijuana.  He has spent 40 years working in substance and drug abuse treatment and prevention programs. His career includes public health, administrative medicine, provision of primary care, pain management and cannabinology.

Nick Lowery – Former NFL Placekicker
Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Famer Nick Lowery knows about targets – he was the most accurate kicker in NFL History. He worked for three US Presidents in the White House during his NFL Career and was the first pro athlete with a Masters and Fellowship from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He is the winner of the most prestigious humanitarian award an NFL player can receive, The Byron Whizzer White Award.

Todd Harrison – Founding Partner and Chief Investment Officer at CB1 Capital
Todd Harrison is the Founding Partner of CB1 and our Chief Investment Officer. Todd has spent almost three decades on Wall Street managing risk and researching financial market strategies. His institutional experience includes Morgan Stanley Global Equity Derivatives (VP), The Galleon Group (MD-Derivatives), and Cramer, Berkowitz LLC (President and Head of Trading).

Panel 2
Jim Belushi – Actor
Jim Belushi is an actor, voice actor, comedian, singer and musician. Jim has been a favorite of film, television and stage audiences for more than 30 years, one of the great leading character actors equally at home in drama and comedy, and a gifted performer who can also hold a room as front man of his rhythm and blues band.

Frank Shamrock – Former MMA Fighter
Frank “The Legend” Shamrock is an American mixed martial artist (retired), entrepreneur, motivational speaker and philanthropist.  Shamrock was the 1st to hold the UFC Middleweight Championship and retired as the 4-time defending undefeated champion and the #1 ranked UFC fighter in the world during his reign. He was named “Fighter of the Decade” for the 1990’s & holds the world record for the fastest knockout (14 seconds).

Nate Jackson – Former NFL Tight End
Nate Jackson is a writer and former American football player. Undrafted out of Menlo College in 2002, he spent most of his professional career with the Denver Broncos from 2003 to 2008 before injury problems ended his career in 2009. After retirement, Jackson began writing football-related commentary for the New York Times and other publications.

Riley Cote – NHL League Ambassador
Riley “Riles” Cote is a Canadian former professional ice hockey left winger and is currently an assistant coach with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League (AHL). His role as the NHL League Ambassador for Athletes for CARE allows him to continue pursuing his passion to help athletes find safe non-toxic ways to find relief, manage pain and guide them to understand self-healing.

DISCLAIMER: This is a private, invitation-only event. Green Table, and its partners, have no association with ESPN or the ESPYs.

About Green Table
Green Table produces exclusive events in cities around the United States to educate investors and thought leaders on opportunities within the maturing cannabis industry. Events are designed to forge deep relationships within the industry and provide an outlet for the best ideas to flourish. The Green Table dinner series has become the recognized brand within the sector as the place where leading cannabis companies get recognized, connected and funded. Find out more at

Green Table
Bill Marcus
Green Table Founder and Managing Partner
Telephone: 312-375-6537

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