Senior Consultant - Sports Philanthropy & Communications
Nicole joined TSP in 2017 and brings exceptional depth and expertise to the team as an industry leader in sports philanthropy, with a focus on using sports to help others. In February of 2017, she was named Director of the George Washington University Sports Philanthropy Executive Certificate Program. This first-of-its-kind program is designed for professionals currently working in, as well as those interested in entering, the field of sports philanthropy.
At the age of 27, Nicole Hawkins was named Public Relations Director for the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Washington Wizards. Nicole made history as the first African American woman to be named Public Relations Director for an NBA franchise. While working with the Wizards, Nicole worked closely with players, coaches, staff and members of the media.
In 2004 Nicole chose to expand her impact in sports philanthropy by including non-profits and media, founding Nicole Hawkins Communications (NHC). She has worked with clients including current and former NFL players Lorenzo Alexander and Leigh Bodden, retired NBA player Jarvis Hayes, the Atlantic 10 Conference, the Capital Classic Boys High School All-Star Game, AARP, the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, Colon Cancer Alliance, the National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and ABC 7/Newschannel 8.
Noticing a lack of media coverage surrounding athletes who are making a positive impact in their communities, Nicole founded Admirable Athlete in the fall of 2016. Admirable Athlete is a multi-media platform that focuses on only the excellent work athletes are doing off the field of play.
Nicole serves on the board for the DC Chapter of Women in Sports and Events, the leading voice and resource for professional women in the business of sports. She is a member of ColorComm, an organization designed to unite diverse women in the communications industry and the Association of Women in Sports Media, an organization that supports the advancement of women working in various aspects of sports media.
Born and raised in Watertown, New York Nicole is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and currently resides in Arlington, Virginia.