HAMPTON, Va. (March 25, 2020) – Ka’ena “Sissy” Farmer, Hampton University 5-year MBA student, recently interned at the Super Bowl and attended the Women’s Careers in Football Forum during the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, IN. She also spent last summer interning for the National Football League (NFL).
“Congratulations to Ms. Ka’ena Farmer for continuing to illustrate THE Standard of Excellence that our students exude on a daily basis in front of NFL officials. We know that Ms. Farmer was a great ambassador for her ‘Home by the Sea’ at this unique learning experience offered by the National Football Leagues in their efforts to diversify their future leadership workforce,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
During her internship at the Super Bowl, Farmer was part of the Football Operations team, specifically for the youth football department. “It was a great experience. I was able to help put on different camps for kids. Since girls flag football is a sport in Florida, Nike gave them uniforms and we were able to help organize that. There was also a production that I helped with because this is the 100th year of football,” Farmer said. “During my internship, I got to work with Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Marcus Allen and Ray Lewis. It was amazing being able to work with the legends.”
Farmer also got the chance to attend the 3rd annual Women’s Careers in Football Forum prior to the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Forty female participants currently working in college football connected with executives and industry experts representing the NFL, NCAA, Canadian Football League, and Women’s Leaders in College Sports. Farmer was the only HBCU student in attendance.
“This experience was really exciting. I got to meet team owners, head coaches and hear from amazing women in sports like Callie Brownson, the first full-time female coach and now Chief of Staff for the Cleveland Browns; Salli Clavelle, the first woman to coach in the Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers; and Jennifer King, the first African American female coach in the NFL,” Farmer said. “The forum allowed us to be part of the combine experience, where we got to meet coaches and general managers. It gives women a foot in the door because if there are teams looking to integrate women on their staff, the forum is a great place to look.”
Farmer is a 5-year MBA student and will graduate in 2020 with her bachelor’s degree and then with her master’s degree in 2021. She has two goals for her future career. “I’d like to work at a league office in Football Operations for the NFL and work on initiatives like HBCUs and social justice initiatives. Secondly, I’d like to work on the club side of things and work with salary cap and eventually become a general manager,” Farmer said.