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The NFL has announced that it will host the sixth annual NFL Careers in Football Recruitment Forum, which will take place around December 8 for HBCU students. This year’s forum will be attended by more than 170 students from 43 different historically black institutions.
Students will have the opportunity to interact with front office executives and team executives. Speakers at the “Business Operations Within the League Office” discussion include NFL Media Executive Vice President and COO Hans Schroeder, Senior Vice President and General Manager of NFL Media Dave Jurenka, NFL Vice President of New Business Development Nana-Yaw Asamoah and Anna Isaacson, Vice President The first for social responsibility in the NFL
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Team executives are scheduled to appear at the Detroit Lions Executive Vice President and General Manager Brad Holmes, Arizona Cardinals Chief Personnel Sean Mayo, Executive Vice President Communications Ted Cruz of Kansas City, and NFL Senior Vice President for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Jonathan Bean .
“The Football Careers Forum has been a massive event to help diverse candidates join the NFL and the sports industry as a whole, and we are truly grateful to be in a position to work with HBCU students across the country. The Forum is one of the many key programs that It helps us build long-term relationships with these historic institutions and introduces us to a diverse group of future leaders who will continue to successfully advance our role.”
Natara Holloway, NFL Vice President of Football Strategy and Business Development
“The HBCU Careers in Football Forum provides an unparalleled level of access to professional development advice and networking with industry professionals across multiple aspects of the world of sport. Being able to continue my work with the Football Operations team at the Careers in Football Forum has allowed me to gain hands-on experience in managing larger events, but also knowing how important such events are to HBCU students who may not traditionally have this level of access to the NFL and representatives of other large sporting entities.
As a member of the Junior Rotational Program and HBCU Alum (Morehouse College), I can attest to the fact that networking opportunities and encouragement from professionals in the Forum have helped propel my career forward and a mandatory experience for HBCU students looking to achieve success. their mark on the world of sport in the future.”
Micah Holmes, participant in the NFL Junior Rotation Program
Since the league began hosting this forum in 2016, 14 students who previously attended have received training or full-time jobs with the NFL, clubs, colleges, universities and other sports entities.
This is one of the many ways the league has championed black colleges historically. Since 2017, the league has been the host for HBCU Battle of the Brains which has seen participation from 34 different HBCU units since its inception.
The league’s contributions can also be seen on the field as they are set to partner with the Black College Football Hall of Fame to present the HBCU Legacy Bowl, an exhibition game featuring some of the best-qualified players from HBCU to be broadcast on the NFL Network on Saturday, February 19, 2022.