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The second annual NFL’s HBCU Careers in Football Forum in December 2017 is part of the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl in Atlanta. The event brings together undergraduate and graduate students from four HBCU conferences who are interested in sports management to explore careers in professional football administration and network with industry leaders.
“It is imperative for the future of football that there is a sustainable pipeline of qualified, well-educated candidates to fill the many positions that make our great game so successful,” said Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations. “Our partnership with HBCUs is aimed at equipping and providing networking opportunities to those who have a passion to pursue a career in football.”
Students from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) participated in the first forum. The 2017 forum will expand to include students from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).
Each HBCU school may send up to two participants (undergraduate or graduate). Participants will be selected by their institutions through an application-based process.
Participants will attend lectures and panel discussions with NFL leadership and club executives, resume and skill-building workshops, and get a behind-the-scenes look at football operations at the Celebration Bowl.
The student-athletes competing in the Celebration Bowl will attend a panel discussion with NFL and club personnel who played college football. Panelists will discuss non-playing opportunities in pro football and how college football helped them achieve success off the field.
In addition to the opportunities for HBCU students at the NFL Careers in Football Forum in conjunction with the Celebration Bowl, students from Bethune-Cookman University will assist NFL Football Operations staff during Pro Bowl and during the game.
Students will assist with pre-game preparation, managing access at practice sites and directing players and coaches to and from Pro Bowl events, including fan and media availabilities. They will also work with athletic trainers and equipment managers with setting up the locker room and field before the game.
The HBCU Careers in Football forum is part of a the larger Careers in Football Forum, which educates men and women about career opportunities available to them in all areas of football.