NFL Hosts Third Annual HBCU Open House

NEW YORK (August 18, 2022) – Today, the National Football League (NFL) is hosting the third annual NFL x HBCU Open House, bringing together stakeholders from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and football landscapes to discuss NFL initiatives, areas of opportunity and a goal to strengthen relationships. “The virtual event will highlight sports-focused career opportunities for HBCU students and alumni.

Attendees from the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), and Mid-eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) will hear from NFL executives and staff , including representatives of football strategy and development. , talent acquisition, experience programs and more.

“Our annual HBCU Open House is critical to cultivating diverse talent at all levels of the League,” said Senior Vice President of Football Operations Policy, Education and Talent Management. NFL relationships. Arthur McAfee. “The NFL is committed to providing opportunities, mentorship and support to HBCU students and alumni. Through this program, we are proud to highlight the opportunities that exist on the business side of the industry and to provide students the full scope of what they can expect from a career in the NFL and other athletic institutions.”

“As a former NFL Media intern, recent HBCU graduate, and current member of the NFL Junior Rotation Program, I have witnessed firsthand the NFL’s commitment to opening doors for diverse talent like me,” said A’Maiya Allen, participating in the NFL Junior Rotation Program. “These early professional development experiences shaped the initial trajectory of my career and cultivated my passion for making an impact through sport, and I look forward to seeing a stronger relationship form with the League and HBCUs through this day. open doors.”

In addition to the open house, the NFL Football Operations Department will host a panel discussion hosted by NFL Network Reporter and Senior Writer Steve Wyche and the four HBCU Conference Commissioners: CIAA Jacqueline McWilliams, SIAC Commissioner Anthony Hollman, SWAC Commissioner Charles McClelland and MEAC Commissioner Sonja Stills. Panelists will discuss Title IX (the federal law that prohibits gender discrimination in education), the sports landscape in HBCUs, and the League’s ongoing partnership with all four conferences. This chat will be recorded and produced by the NFL Media team.

“We are thrilled to be working with the NFL again to provide our students with the tools and information they need to thrive in the world of sports,” said the HBCU Conference Commissioners. “We have worked successfully with the League to identify areas of opportunity for our individual HBCU conferences and as a result thousands of HBCU students have participated in NFL programs over the years. We thank the NFL for its ongoing commitment to diversity and collaboration.”

Since the inception of the NFL partnership with HBCU Conferences in 2016, more than 3,000 HBCU students have participated in programs supported by the NFL Football Operations Department.

The HBCU Open House is the latest initiative championed by the league to support diversity in the sports industry. Last week, the NFL, in conjunction with the NFL Physicians Society (NFLPS) and the Professional Football Athletic Trainer Society (PFATS), announced the roster of medical students who will participate in the inaugural season of the NFL Diversity in Sports Medicine Pipeline. Initiative, which aims to increase and diversify the pool of students interested in pursuing a career in sports medicine and, over time, help diversify the medical staff of NFL clubs.

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