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SIAC and College hold first-ever Sports Business and Policy Symposium featuring two former Olympians

Symposium to be webcast live on www.morehouse.edu

ATLANTA, March 1, 2010 − The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), in partnership with the Morehouse College Journalism and Sports Program, will host the first annual SIAC Sports Business and Policy Symposium as a part of the 77th SIAC Basketball Tournament. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, from 6-8 p.m. in the Bank of America Auditorium at the Leadership Center at Morehouse College. The topic of discussion will be “Life After the Locker Room,” and will focus on helping college athletes make better academic and career decisions.

"This symposium represents a wide range of experiences and expertise that will help college athletes – and really any student – make better career and academic decisions," said Ron Thomas, director of the Morehouse College Journalism and Sports Program.

The panel includes sports columnist, Author and ESPN The Sports Reporters panelist William C. Rhoden; Doug and Ryan Stewart of the syndicated radio show “Two Live Stews;” as well as former Olympic track stars Tommie Smith and Joetta Clark Diggs. Also on hand will be NCAA Vice President Robert Vowels; money management expert Dennis Hinton; and former pro football player Danny Buggs, who now is the director of HBCU Inner-City Ministries for the Fellowship of Christian Athletics.

SIAC Commissioner Gregory Moore said the program will highlight the interconnected issues related to business and finance; labor and public policy; and, in some instances, crime and punishment.

“In light of plain fact that there would be no sports industry but for the significant contributions of African Americans, it is the goal of the SIAC, as one of only four HBCU athletic conferences, to facilitate meaningful discussions that touch the myriad of complex issues impacting sports in general and black folks in particular," Moore said.

The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. so arrive early.

• Symposium Panelists
William C. Rhoden, New York Times sports columnist, frequent contributor on ESPN’s The Sports Reporters and author of two books, Forty Million Dollar Slaves (2006) and Third and a Mile: the Trials and Triumph of the Black Quarterback (2007)
• Tommie Smith, a member of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, Olympic gold medalist known for the “silent gesture” he and teammate John Carlos made at the 1968 Summer Olympics
• Joetta Clark Diggs, four-time Olympian in track and field, a former Commissioner of Sports for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, founder of Joetta Sports & Beyond
• Doug Stewart, co-host of the “Two Live Stews,” a nationally syndicated radio show and frequent contributor on ESPN 2’s First Take
• Ryan Stewart, co-host of the “Two Live Stews,” a nationally syndicated radio show and frequent contributor on ESPN 2’s First Take, former Georgia Tech All-American, former NFL defensive back with the Detroit Lions
• Dennis Hinton, founder of Resource Asset Management Corp., which specializes in financial planning and money management. Frequently appears on television and writes articles about personal finance
• Robert Vowels, NCAA vice president of Educational Affairs, former commissioner of the SIAC
• Danny Buggs, director of National Inner-City Ministry and Inner-City Atlanta for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, former NFL wide receiver with the Washington Redskins and New York Giants

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Posted by edurham at March 1, 2010 06:22 PM

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