Karen Wright, Executive Director of Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, has more than 15 years’ experience in the sports/entertainment/event and philanthropic community.
Karen worked for 13 years in the high-end gift and collectible retail industry, with the last 6 being the assistant to the owners. Her responsibilities included payroll, inventory control, employee training, customer service, and merchandise sales. She then stayed home for 10 years to raise her 2 children. During that time, she became very active in the PTA, heading various committees to raise funds for programs to enrich the student’s learning, and serving as 2nd Vice President for 2 years, 1st Vice President for 2 years and President for 2 years. Volunteering and helping came naturally, and she was also her son’s Cub Scout Den Leader for 5 years, and her daughter’s Girl Scout Leader for 4 years.
In 2009, she took on a part time position with Gridiron Greats managing the office, assisting players daily and supporting the Executive Director with any tasks needed from event planning to database management. That quickly turned into a full-time position.
In 2019, the opportunity to become the Executive Director of Gridiron Greats presented itself. She now dedicates her time to leading the fight in assisting retired NFL players in medical and financial dire need circumstances. Karen runs every aspect of the charity inclusive of: fundraising, marketing, player intake, executing grants for player assistance, garnering strategic partners in the medical and financial fields, event logistics for fundraisers, partnership execution and managing the many volunteers and advocates that freely give their time to Gridiron Greats.
Karen currently resides in Elk Grove Village, IL with her husband. Her son and daughter are both in college.