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NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — On Saturday, February 4, 2023 the Prudential Middle in downtown Newark will host the 2nd annual INVESCO QQQ Legacy Traditional, a basketball showcase that includes 4 Traditionally Black Schools and Universities (HBCUs). This 12 months’s occasion, airing on TNT, will characteristic a double-header pitting the Morgan State Bears-against the Delaware State Hornets at 1 pm and the Norfolk State Spartans towards the Hampton College Pirates at 4 pm.

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The Legacy Traditional was created by actor and producer, Michael B. Jordan together with company sponsors WME Sports activities, the sports activities division of WME (an Endeavor firm), Harris Blitzer Sports activities & Leisure (HBSE) and Scout Sports activities and Leisure (a division of Horizon Media).

Beginning at 10 a.m. the Traditional provides an immersive cultural expertise highlighting extra components of HBCU life together with: a discussion board on Black ladies in sports activities administration, together with musical performances, profession alternatives, a school truthful and extra. The inaugural occasion concerned over 20 HBCUs and companions donating over $350,000 to the Thurgood Marshall Faculty Fund, the collaborating universities and to assist native Newark neighborhood organizations.

The New Jersey Alumni Chapter of Morgan State College Alumni Affiliation, is internet hosting the discussion board on “Black Feminine Achievement in Sports activities Administration,” that includes the Commissioner of the Mid-Jap Atlantic Convention (MEAC) and three HBCU Athletic Administrators. Claudia Ruffin, President of Ruffin Consulting and Coaching would be the occasion’s moderator. MSUAA-NJ President Anthony Hudgins commented that “…every of those achieved ladies has damaged by means of the glass ceiling in a male dominated trade and demonstrated their brilliance, dedication and dedication in difficult racial and gender obstacles. Their presence is an empowering assertion that encourages everybody to maximise their potential”. The Larger Newark Conference and Guests Bureau sponsors this discussion board.

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“As a metropolis famend for being a sports activities and schooling vacation spot, Newark takes monumental satisfaction in welcoming the brightest minds from Traditionally Black Schools and Universities throughout the nation, and their many alumni who name the Larger Newark area dwelling. We’re a metropolis celebrated for its arts and tradition, sport groups, and establishments of upper studying, and so we salute HBCU’s and their significance to our society — for educating, embracing, nurturing and growing Black expertise. This panel of distinguished ladies of their discipline exemplifies legacy, historical past, influence, and lifts up HBCU’s collegiate excellence,” mentioned Metropolis of Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka. “I do know this weekend’s 2nd annual INVESCO QQQ Legacy Traditional will exhibit the sturdy neighborhood spirit of HBCU faculties and could have a big influence on contributors on the Prudential Middle in addition to these watching on TNT.”

Panel Members:

Sonya Stills, Commissioner of Mid-Jap Atlantic Convention (MEAC).
Assuming the obligations on January 1, 2022, Ms. Sills turned the primary feminine commissioner within the Mid-Jap Athletic Convention (MEAC) and HBCU Division I historical past. Previous to assuming her new place, Ms. Stills had already devoted 19 years of her profession to the Convention, which is famously dwelling to traditionally Black Schools and Universities (HBCUs) within the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic areas of the U.S. Ms. Sills had beforehand served as Chief of Workers and Chief Working Officer and because the MEAC’s Director of Esports, a brand new, cutting-edge initiative that started in the summertime of 2020. Previous to becoming a member of the MEAC, Ms. Stills served 4 years as Hampton College’s Coordinator of Athletic Tutorial Help. Ms. Stills has a bachelor’s diploma in Human Providers Counseling from Previous Dominion Univ. and a Grasp of Arts in Counseling from Hampton Univ. She additionally graduated from the Sports activities Administration Institute in 2002 and the NACWAA / HERS Institute for Administrative Development in 2008.

Dena Freeman-Patton, Athletic Director, Morgan State College
Ms. Freeman Patton, brings to her place over 25 years of expertise as an administrator and government in intercollegiate athletics. She beforehand served in appointments on the Univ. of New Orleans, California State Univ. – Bakersfield, Georgia State College, Univ. of Maryland-Faculty Park and most not too long ago at California State Univ. – Dominguez Hills, the place she oversaw 10 sports activities, and managed greater than 50 personnel, together with workers and coaches. A local of Baltimore, MD, she was a three-sport athlete at Lake Clifton Excessive and was lettered as a Division I student-athlete in basketball at Liberty College, the place she earned a bachelor’s diploma in sports activities administration in 1996. She additionally has a Masters in Sports activities Administration from Georgia State College.

Alecia Shields-Gadson, Athletic Director, Delaware State College
Ms. Shields-Gadson has practically 30 years of expertise in intercollegiate athletics as a senior stage administrator and head coach. She joined the Delaware State workers as Senior Affiliate Director of Athletics for Compliance and Senior Girl Administrator in 2016 and commenced her tenure as Athletic Director in 2022. A local of New Orleans, Louisiana, she was a profitable monitor & discipline student-athlete at Southern College at Baton Rouge the place she earned a bachelor’s diploma in English/Communications in 1992. She additionally was awarded a Masters in Athletic Administration and Secondary Schooling/Bodily Schooling from Alcorn State in 1995. At the moment she is enrolled in Delaware State College’s Academic Management doctoral program.

Paula Jackson, Interim Athletic Director, Hampton College
Dr. Jackson has over 20 years of expertise in collegiate athletics, with stops at Alabama State, Mississippi Valley State, Lincoln Univ of Missouri, Savannah State, Morehead State, and Clark Atlanta Univ. She additionally spent 5 seasons with the NFL Atlanta Falcons as part of the Public Relations/Recreation Day Operations Group. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana native is a graduate of Southern College with a bachelor’s diploma in broadcast and print journalism and likewise earned a MBA in advertising from Clark Atlanta College. Not too long ago, she earned her Ph.D in Schooling with a specialization in Athletic Administration from Northcentral College. Dr. Jackson can also be the CEO of Sports activities Enfocus, LLC, a public relations and improvement agency devoted to sports activities entities.

Melody Webb, Athletic Director, Norfolk State College (Ms. Webb won’t be in attendance on the discussion board)
Ms. Webb joined the workers at Norfolk State in 2014 and was appointed Athletics Director in 2020. She got here to Norfolk State from the Central Intercollegiate Athletics Assoc. (CIAA) the place she served as Assoc. Commissioner of Enterprise Operations. Earlier to that appointment she served stints at George Washington Univ., Elizabeth Metropolis Univ. and the Univ. of Maryland. Ms. Webb is a local of Chicago, IL, and has a BA in Accounting from Savannah State, and a Masters in Public Administration from Bowie State Univ. She is presently pursuing a Doctorate in Schooling from the US Sports activities Academy.

Claudia Ruffin, Moderator. Ms. Ruffin is the President and Founding father of Ruffin Consulting and Coaching, LLC. Ms. Ruffin is a Morgan State graduate (B.A. and MBA) and whose expertise spans over twenty years and contains designing, customizing/tailoring and supply of a whole lot of management improvement applications; growing hundreds of workers by means of inclusion and variety that goes past consciousness to sustainable results-driven conduct; supporting expertise administration methods; teaching executives and administrators with income and losses in addition to obligations of and enterprise income progress of multi-million {dollars}.

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Contact: Ricardo Salazar
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