On Dec. 16, 80 sports management students and athletic department administrators from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) walked into a hall at the Omni Hotel in downtown Atlanta for the inaugural NFL Careers in Football Forum.
The students and staff members in town for Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl weekend represented 23 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the MEAC and SWAC. They were seated before some of the NFL’s most successful executives and were given a unique opportunity to ask questions and take notes during multiple panels during the day.
The forum was part of the weekend’s events that began with Strength of HBCUs, Impacting Pro Football Since 1948 — the latest NFL initiative developed to highlight and honor the impact HBCUs and their players have had on the game. The NFL intends to expand the league’s dedication to diversity and ensure students and administrators like those in attendance have actual opportunities to work for the league and its clubs.