A year ago today, the fantasy football community lost a dear friend and a pioneer in the industry. Kevin Austin is the founder of MyFantasyLeague.com, and he introduced the world to MFL way back in 1995, at a time when fantasy football league hosting on the web was truly visionary. His creation quickly grew from just a few users that first year to thousands of leagues by the mid-2000’s. That’s when the fantasy football industry really took off, with the likes of CBS, ESPN, Yahoo, and NFL.com getting into the space and trying to take over the league hosting market with their own competing products. Even during that exciting time of industry expansion by all of the big media companies, MyFantasyLeague.com continued to grow and prosper thanks to Kevin’s vision and guidance of the product.
In addition to his entrepreneurial spirit, Kevin was also a great friend to everybody he met, and most importantly, he was a loving father of his daughters, Eve and Emma, and loving husband of his wife Kim. He is missed by all of us at MyFantasyLeague.com, and he will always be remembered as a fun loving guy who lived his short life to the fullest.
Kevin had a big heart for those in need – he volunteered countless hours to help those less fortunate than him, through the Keystone Opportunity Center in his home town of Souderton, Pennsylvania, and with Habitat for Humanity. He also loved being around his kids, so he was a volunteer coach for both of them in various sports throughout their youth, and he volunteered in their classrooms on a regular basis. And perhaps most importantly, he donated his organs to the Gift of Life program when he died, which is something he strongly believed in doing.
You can read more thoughts about Kevin in this article posted by Rick Wolf last year after his funeral, and in his obituary here.