HAMPTON, Va. (November 15, 2019) – On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, the Hampton University Student Center Ballroom was filled with HU students, faculty, staff and alumni for the inaugural “Hampton Engages with the Majors.” Several HU alumni presented thoughts on how Hampton students can build professional engagement opportunities with Major League Sports Organizations and National Sports Brands during this event.
“These Hampton University alumni are doing an extraordinary job in their careers. Our students should be inspired seeing our very own working for these major sports organizations and brands. We want to thank these young alumni for returning back to their ‘Home by the Sea’ to engage and inspire our current students to follow their goals,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
“It was truly an honor to return to my ‘Home by the Sea’ to share with current students about my professional journey and experience navigating the sports and entertainment industry. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of HU faculty and alums, which is why it’s so important to pay it forward,” said Associate Manager of Global Partnership for the NBA, Moriah Lark (’13, ’14). “I hope I can be an inspiration and resource to others through my own personal story.”
During the engaging panel discussion, twelve representatives from various sports organizations and national sports brands shared their testimonies about their unconventional journey working in sports. Each panelist collectively shared their trials and tribulations throughout their professional career while encouraging students to network, to persevere through hardships and to always have good character in anything you do.
Major League Sports Organizations and National Sports Brands Represented:
- St. Louis Cardinals, LLC
- Carolina Panthers
- Major League Baseball
- National Basketball Association
- Beats by Dr. Dre
- New Jersey Devils
- Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Paramount Sports & Entertainment Football
- Jordan Brand
“It was very inspirational to hear the different testimonies shared from HU alumni who were once in my shoes, and now, who are extremely successful in their careers. I learned that no journey is the same and there is more than one route to reaching your professional goals. They encouraged us to focus on ourselves and to run your own race,” said Hampton University senior, Journalism major, Roderick Mclean.
The Inaugural “Hampton Engages with the Majors” event was a collaboration effort between the Hampton University School of Liberal Arts and Education and the Career Center.