On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, we presented our 7th Annual “Super Bowl BOSS” for approximately 350 Bay Area student-athletes at the Field Club at Memorial Stadium on the UC Berkeley campus. The event is our annual showcase of our year round, multi-year BOSS™ program, a STEM based academic, leadership and personal development program for student-athletes from under resourced communities.Here’s a photo gallery of our 7th Annual Super Bowl BOSS™ showcase. To view the program journal from the event. click here
Student participants came from the African American Male Achievement Institute of Oakland Unified, the East Oakland Youth Development Center, and Chavez Middle School, Hayward Unified. Key business and sport industry professionals served as mentors, including but not limited to:Ed Goines, General Counsel and VP of Government Affairs, Seattle Seahawks; David Kelly, General Counsel, VP of Basketball Legal Affairs, Golden State Warriors; Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, founder of Sports Management Worldwide; Amy Vanderlin, Community Marketing Manager – Northern California, Dick’s Sporting Goods; Justin Lacey, Financial Advisor, UBS; Erik Hardenbergh, VP of Public Affairs, Pac-12 Conference; Will Hunter, VP of Operations, Pac-12 Conference; Chris Grant, Associate Commissioner, Sports Management & Championships, Pac-12 Conference; Sean Harris, Coordinator, Championships & Sports Management, Pac-12 Conference; Eliza Pierre, Pac-12 Sports Management Fellow; Maurita Toler and Robert Thompson, USF Graduate in Sport Management students; Artists’ Edge founder, Debra Russell; Sparta Sport Science trainer Kellen McCrary; Former NFL player turned entrepreneur (Premiere Solutions), Tracy Porter; Youth Entrepreneur and Leadership Foundation founder, James “Jimmy” Wilson, J.D.; Allison Bernstein, Google, Diversity Markets – Program Manager; and BOSS™ athlete and current Montreal Alouette wide receiver, Chandler Jones
The purpose of the event is to give student-athletes in the Super Bowl city a taste of the way we engage, expose and empower student-athletes year round as part of our BOSS™ “process”. The event concluded with a tour of the campus of the No. 1 public institution in the country, UC Berkeley providing participants, many of whom come from surrounding neighborhoods, with their first real exposure to the campus and UC offerings.