PRAIRIE VIEW A&M ATHLETES PARTICIPATE IN NFL HBCU CAREERS FORUM
ATLANTA, Ga. – Three Prairie View A&M athletes were selected to participate in the third Annual NFL HBCU Careers in Football Forum prior to the 2018 Celebration Bowl.
There were more than 180 students from HBCUs in attendance for the day-long program. SAAC President Destinee Williams (softball), Willie Green (football) and Dylan Gladney (Men’s track) represented PVAMU.
“It was fun to meet and interact with other young black leaders from different parts of the country,” said Williams. “I learned what it takes to work for professional sports teams and how to work with a group of people that I have never met before. We were also given the opportunity to attend the Celebration Bowl. I would do it all over again and recommend that any students who are interested in working in the sports industry to attend and network.”
The forum began in 2016, where students and entry-level athletic department administrators from the MEAC and SWAC institutions were introduced to career opportunities in professional football. Both the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (CIAA) and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) were included in this year’s forum. In addition to the league office, and the 32 NFL teams were also represented.
The panel discussion was moderated by ESPN’s LaChina Robinson and included See Ighedos, associate general counsel for the Carolina Panthers; Deandra Duggins, Baltimore Ravens Manager, Advertising and Branding; and Tron Stramper, Atlanta Falcons manager of events, Mercedes Benz Stadium.
Two students will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience working during the 2019 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.
The NFL holds a group case study competition that will conclude with first and second place winners announced at a reception held at the College Football Hall of Fame.
The athletes were separated by NFL teams. Green a senior from Birmingham, Ala., and his team (Carolina Panthers) placed 1st as they presented the best case study during the forum. Williams a senior native of Tuscan, Ariz., was a member of the Atlanta Falcons team and Gladney, who’s also a senior stems from Arlington, Texas represented the Philadelphia Eagles.
“My team and I came up with the best business plan for bringing in more fans, as well as interaction not just with the country, but global exposure as well,” Green said. “We all listened to different representatives speak on the presentations of resumes should look and what companies are looking for.”
LaTonia Thirston | Assistant Sports Information Director
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