Riley Cote Archives - Green Market Report

Video StaffNovember 4, 2019


Riley Cote is a Canadian former professional ice hockey left winger. Upon retiring from the Philadelphia Flyers Riley founded the Hemp Heals Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization that promotes cannabis/hemp as a viable renewable resource. Cote is a co-founder of Athletes For Care, 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. Cote is currently launching a product line – BodyChek Wellness, a line of hemp-based personal care products whose mission is to optimize everyday performance and challenge individuals to rethink the healing process. The line reinforces Cote’s passion to help individuals discover safe nontoxic methods for pain management and self-healing.

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William SumnerSeptember 10, 2019


On September 11th, 2019, investors, entrepreneurs, and branding experts will gather to dissect the economics of cannabis business brands at The Green Market Summit in Los Angeles, California. Following a sold-out event in Chicago, The Green Market Summit will bring its business acumen to the world of cannabis branding and provide exclusive industry information on topics such as the celebrity effect on cannabis, how to manage brand perception for public companies, and the world of luxury cannabis.

“Our conferences are unique within the glut of cannabis events in that we zero in on one topic and then dig in with both hands,” said Green Market Media Co-founder and CEO, Debra Borchardt. “This makes it more valuable for our attendees because they walk away with real value-added information. You can’t get this type of nitty-gritty detail from a general topic cannabis conference.”

The event will include an in-depth examination about how to develop an authentic cannabis brand, led by legendary musician Melissa Etheridge and involve Kevin Bell, the COO of Tyson Ranch founded by boxer Mike Tyson, and Courtney Zalewski from Lowell Herb, which has developed a strong outreach to influencers in cannabis.

The summit will also feature a panel discussion about celebrity athletes, cannabis brands, and their relationship with CBD. As the CBD market continues to grow at an explosive rate, more athletes than ever are turning to CBD to help relieve pain, turning many into passionate advocates for cannabis.

The panel will include former NFL offensive lineman and founder of the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition, Kyle Turney; former professional ice hockey left winger and  Athletes for CARE co-founder, Riley Cote; NCAA national champion and Mendi founder, Rachel Rapinoe; former NFL player and Athletes for CARE Ambassador, Nate Jackson; and Athletes for CARE Executive Director Anna Valent.

The keynote event will star accomplished CNBC reporter Jane Wells, who will go one-on-one with a market leader in the edible cannabis market, Jake Heimark.

With more than three decades experience, Wells is a journalism veteran who has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including a 1992 Peabody Award and a DuPont Award for live coverage of the Rodney King Trial and a Los Angeles Emmy Award for her investigative reporting.

Heimark is the co-founder and CEO of PLUS Products, a publicly-traded California-based branded products cannabis company. During his tenure as CEO, Heimark has helped steer the company to become the #1 and #2 best-selling branded cannabis products across all BDS Analytics tracked markets, building a core following in the most influential market in the world, with over 1 million units of its signature PLUS gummies sold last year alone.

“PLUS is excited to partner with the Green Market Report for their Summit in LA to continue to educate individuals on the exciting opportunities within our emerging industry,” said Heimark. “We look forward to sharing our story and the progress we have made towards building an international cannabis brand.”

Attendance to the Green Market Summit is limited and is expected to sell out quickly. To get your ticket, please visit

AxisWireJuly 16, 2019


Bethlehem, Penn. (July 16, 2019) — A first-of-its-kind hockey tournament, the Hemp Heals “The Hemp Cup,” will be educating participants on the benefits of using cannabis products to aid in athletic performance. Open to the public ages 18 and up, the tournament includes round robin and playoff play, and will conclude with a panel led by former professional athletes and cannabis industry experts.

Riley Cote, retired Philadelphia Flyers left winger and founder of BodyChek Wellness and nonprofits the Hemp Heals Foundation and Athletes for CARE, will kick-off the panel discussion by explaining the benefits of CBD and how the products can positively impact an athlete’s physical health and overall well-being. Cote founded BodyChek based on his first-hand experience using hemp products to naturally manage pain and aid in recovery.

Attendees can also expect a Q&A session, live music, hemp giveaways and special guest appearances. Media attendance is welcome and encouraged.


What: The Hemp Cup

  • Hemp Heals Hockey Tournament
  • Educational cannabis and hemp panel featuring former professional athletes and leading industry experts

When: Saturday, July 27, 2019

The run of show for the day is as follows:

  • 7:00 a.m.: eight-team round robin hockey tournament begins
  • 4:15 p.m.: playoffs are expected to begin; appetizers and networking available
  • 5:00 p.m.: panel discussion
  • Riley Cote, former Philadelphia Flyer and founder of BodyChek Wellness and the Hemp Heals Foundation
  • Two-time Stanley Cup champion and former left wing for the Philadelphia Flyers, Dan Carcillo
  • Arron Asham, former right wing for the Philadelphia Flyers
  • Dr. Bruce Nicholson
  • Grassroots Education and Outreach Director, Sarah Locklund
  • 5:45 p.m.: audience Q&A
  • 6:00 p.m.: music and networking
  • 8:00 p.m.: live music begins

Where: Steel Ice Center

320 E. 1st. Street

Bethlehem, PA 18015

Interview Opportunities:

  • Riley Cote, retired NHL athlete and founder of BodyChek Wellness, the Hemp Heals Foundation and Athletes for CARE, will be available to speak about the benefits of CBD, specifically for sports recovery and general well-being, BodyChek Wellness and the mission of his nonprofits.
  • Panel participants
  • Hockey tournament participants

About the Hemp Heals Foundation

The Hemp Heals Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2011 by former NHL player, Riley Cote. Through education and innovation, the organization supports sustainable agriculture practices, sustainable health and clean natural medicine, while focusing on a holistic approach to optimum health. Guided by the core belief that keeping our bodies nourished with more plant-based whole foods helps keep our mind, body and spirit healthy, the Hemp Heals Foundation is working to build and sustain a healthier society and planet. To learn more about the Hemp Heals Foundation, visit

About BodyChek Wellness

BodyChek Wellness, founded in 2017 by former NHL player Riley Cote, develops high-quality, sustainable hemp-derived products that support positive change, balance and recovery in individuals from all walks of life. The company lives by the philosophy that there is an athlete in all of us and everyone can benefit from a natural solution for pain relief, improved sleep, and mental health management. By implementing BodyChek products into a larger wellness regimen, BodyChek’s hope is that individuals experience a better road to recovery and achieve balance, something every body deserves. For more information about the company and its products, visit

About Athletes for CARE

Athletes for CARE (A4C) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to helping athletes find support, opportunity and purpose after a career in sports. Founded in 2016, A4C creates a community to help athletes leverage their influence to give back and build meaningful relationships; advocates for the health, safety and wellbeing of more than two billion people of all ages who compete annually in sanctioned sports globally; supports research efforts that have a direct impact on the quality of life of athletes; and educates the public about effective alternative treatment options for mental and physical illnesses such as chronic pain, depression, anxiety, PTSD, CTE, TBI, substance abuse and opioid dependency. For more information about A4C, visit



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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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