PLANO, Texas – Thirteen individuals have been selected to attend the upcoming Learfield IMG College Minority Academy, which will be held June 24-28 in Dallas, in partnership with the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA).
Considered to be a one-of-a-kind event, the five-day Academy launched in 2014 to foster minority growth and development in the collegiate multimedia and sponsorship sector. The Minority Academy Selection Committee closely reviewed applicants in determining final selection of the following 13 individuals to participate this summer:
- Kara Adams, Washington Nationals
- David Caple, ANC
- Chadwick Davis, United States Military Academy
- Jessica Dorsey, University of Texas
- Leon Jackson III, Kansas State University
- Chris Jones, Temple University
- Stephanie Kimbrough, Florida State University
- Malia Mack, Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame
- Alexander Martin, University of Miami
- Carlos McCants, Arkansas State University
- Vanessa Moore, Virginia Commonwealth University
- Lydell Sargeant, UCLA
- Candice Vaughn, Learfield IMG College Ticket Solutions
Learfield IMG College hosts the Academy at its Texas headquarters, featuring two and a half days of classroom educational sessions dedicated to sales training, best practices and professional development.
The final two days of the Academy allow attendees to visit a Division I school, to shadow the on-campus Learfield IMG College team representing that particular collegiate institution. The Academy participants will see first-hand actual day-to-day operations of the multimedia rights relationship and have the opportunity to meet with many athletics administrators of the school they visit.
“It’s rewarding to hear positive feedback from past participants, who write in every year to tell us the Academy presents a valuable opportunity and provides experiences they may not be able to participate in otherwise,” said Greg Brown, president and CEO for Learfield IMG College. “We also hear from them that the Academy fills a void in the industry – that the educational sessions are full of exceptional content, and the ability to network and form relationships with members of the class as well as the speakers is invaluable. Comments like these validate and reinforce our desire for this initiative, and we’re looking forward to hosting these 13 individuals in June.”
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 IMG College
Learfield IMG College unlocks the value of college sports for brands, fans and universities through the representation of collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas. As a fully integrated sports marketing and solutions platform, Learfield IMG College provides access to licensing and multimedia sponsorship management, including publishing, radio, digital and social media; fan engagement, ticket sales and professional concessions expertise; branding; campus-wide business and sponsorship development; and venue technology systems. The company is proud to support the student-athlete experience, and since 2008, has been title sponsor of the acclaimed Directors’ Cup.
About the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association: Administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association promotes equitable employment opportunities for minorities in the athletics industry through the exchange of ideas, the creation of networking opportunities and the avocation 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 the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association, please visit www.moaaweb.com.