PLANO, Texas – Thirteen individuals from various organizations have been selected to attend the third annual five-day Learfield Minority Academy, which will be hosted May 2-6 in Dallas, and held in partnership with the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA).
Considered to be a one-of-a-kind event, the Academy was designed to foster minority growth and development in the collegiate multimedia and sponsorship sector. The Minority Academy Selection Committee – comprised of two MOAA and two Learfield representatives, as well as one outside representative (NCAA) – closely reviewed applicants in determining final selection of the following 13 individuals:
William Baggett, WME-IMG/CLC
Durante Cutts, Florida State University
Anthony Henderson, University of Akron
Marcus Jackson, IMG Learfield Penn State
L.A. Love, University of Massachusetts
Jamil Macias, Pepperdine University
Amy McClellon, San Antonio Spurs
Jeffrey Romero, Lake Elsinore Storm
Shelly Terry, University of Oklahoma
Maurita Toler, University of California
Andre Tunstill, University of Kentucky
Andrew Wingard, Texas Tech University
Arielle Love, Duquesne Sports Properties
“This is the third-straight year where we have seen an outstanding number of talented individuals apply for this opportunity,” said MOAA Executive Director Stan Johnson. “We look forward to another successful Academy and look to have these 13 individuals selected continue to foster minority growth and development in the collegiate multimedia and sponsorship sector.”
Learfield will host the Academy, which features two and a half days of classroom educational sessions dedicated to sales training, best practices and professional development. The final two days allow attendees to shadow sales staff at a Learfield Division I collegiate property, providing for ultimate engagement in the actual day-to-day operations of Learfield’s multimedia rights relationships.
“Our Minority Academy has become a tremendous success. We are so impressed with the past years’ attendees and this class will no doubt be outstanding. It’s our distinct pleasure to host this important learning experience,” said Learfield’s Chief Culture and Communications Officer Roger Gardner.
The mission of MOAA is to provide opportunities to exchange ideas, advocate increased participation and administrative opportunities for minorities in athletics. MOAA also promotes generating a sports culture that supports the values necessary to teach and learn respect for self and others.
About Learfield: An industry leader for more than four decades, Learfield has a deep presence in the college athletics landscape nationwide. It manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for 120 collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas, and supports athletic departments at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the prestigious Learfield Directors’ Cup. Learfield also provides its collegiate partners access to professional concessions and ticket sales; licensing and trademark consulting; digital platform expertise; and venue and technology systems through its affiliated companies. For more about Learfield’s history, businesses and career opportunities, visit www.learfieldsports.com.
About MOAA: MOAA promotes equitable employment opportunities for minorities in the athletics industry through the exchange of ideas, the creation of networking opportunities and the advocation of an increase in employment for minorities in athletics administration positions at all levels of the sports industry. The Association also promotes cultivating a sports environment that supports the values necessary to accept aspiring professionals from all walks of life. For more information on MOAA, please visit www.moaaweb.com. MOAA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 51st year. For more information on NACDA and the 15 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.