More than 90 students from Historically Black College & Universities (HBCU) will participate in the third annual NFL Careers in Football Forum, as part of the 2018 Celebration Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 14.
“The NFL Careers in Football Forum aims to drive awareness of career opportunities and create access that may lead to employment in sport,” said Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations. “This forum connects opportunity with potential. The more diversity and inclusion of people, skills and ideas, the better the game of football.”
According to a press release, The Careers in Football Forum is an extension of the NFL’s broader partnership with the HBCUs. Through this effort students from participating institutions are given the opportunity to learn about preparations and skills needed to secure employment in all aspects of the business and administration of professional football.
“Once again, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference is honored to partner with the NFL to provide opportunities for our students during the week of the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl for the third consecutive year,” said Dr. Dennis E. Thomas,Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Commissioner. “Having the opportunity to network and dialogue with NFL front office, human resource and team personnel in an intimate setting is an invaluable experience which should benefit our students in their future employment opportunities.”
ESPN’s LaChina Robinson will moderate a panel that will feature Ese Ighedosa, Carolina Panthers Associate Counsel, Deandra Duggans, Baltimore Ravens Manager of Advertising and Branding and Tron Stamper, Atlanta Falcons Manager of Events at Mercedes Benz Stadium. The administrators will provide the students with personal accounts of their journey from college graduate to team executives.
“The Southwestern Athletic Conference is extremely excited to continue partnering with the National Football League (NFL) and the Careers in Football Forum,” said Charles McClelland, Southwestern Athletic Conference Commissioner. “The experience gained by all the participants involved goes a very long way in helping to enhance the overall knowledge and tools needed to build a solid foundation in this particular area of sports administration. Over the course of the past few years, the NFL has continued to provide aspiring young professionals with a variety of avenues to be involved with the sport and this joint venture is one that we look forward to continuing to grow and cultivate for the advancement of the Southwestern Athletic Conference and HBCU institutions.”