The John Wooten Leadership Awards recipients include D’Brickashaw Ferguson of the New York Jets, winner of the Pro Leadership Award, in recognition of a lifetime commitment to service and unparalleled leadership on and off the field www.dbrickashawferguersonfoundation.org (http://www.dbrickashawferguersonfoundation.org);
Nnamdi Asomugha, former All-Pro NFL Player and Chairman of the Asomugha Foundation will also serve as this year’s honorary host. “We are honored to have Nandi Asomugha, Chris Broussard and Molly Qerim join us as we spotlight these outstanding individuals who are making a difference in their communities.”
The 5th Annual John Wooten Leadership (JWL) Awards will be presented at the awards ceremony on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel located in Manhattan, New York.
The John Wooten Leadership Awards are presented annually to the professional football player, NFL executive and sports personality whose play, community service and extracurricular activities best exemplify the leadership and vision of John Wooten, whose NFL career has spanned over 50 years as a player and front office executive. Commissioners, general managers and head coaches seek his advice and to gain his counsel is the key to gaining knowledge and insight that is virtually unparalleled in the NFL. As Chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, John has been a major instrument behind the successful movement for diversity in the NFL. The Alliance was established in honor of Fritz Pollard, the first African American to play in a Rose Bowl Game, the first to quarterback an NFL championship team, and the first to coach in the NFL.
The JWL Awards were established by Southern California-based ESP Education & Leadership Institute as a way to recognize the many contributions of John Wooten to the game of football and his efforts in promoting diversity and equality of job opportunity in the coaching, front office and scouting staffs of NFL teams.
In addition to the JWL Awards, the Taste of the Game 2014 events held during Super Bowl XLVIII will benefit the D’Brickashaw Ferguson Foundation, Asomugha Foundation and National Sports Authority, a division of ESP Education & Leadership Institute. All are non-profit 501 (c) (3) organizations.
This year’s 5th Annual John Wooten Leadership Awards sponsors include Gold sponsor; Morgan Bailey Coffee, New York Giants, New York Jets and Xerox official event sponsors; Aglaea Skin Care, Waddell and Reed and media sponsors CRN Digital Talk Radio, Jimaustinonline.com.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available, for more information contact Sheila Gilmore at 818.430.2182 or online at www.thensa.org/
About Chris Broussard
Chris Broussard is an internationally known NBA analyst and award-winning journalist for ESPN. As a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, he specializes in covering basketball, particularly the NBA. Because of his knowledge of the game and its participants, he makes regular television appearances on ABC and ESPN and has served as an analyst on the network's flagship NBA show, "NBA Countdown,'' alongside basketball legend Magic Johnson.
In addition to his work as a journalist, Broussard is a published author. His first book, “Not Without Scars: The Inspiring Life Journey of Mark C. Olds’’ was published in 2000. Chris is also the founder and president of a Christian Men’s Movement called K.I.N.G. and a member of the board of Write-On Sports, a journalism program for minoritystudents.
Broussard is a frequent speaker at churches, colleges, corporate functions, high schools, charitable organizations and youth-related events. His experiences growing up in multicultural environments and his enthusiasm and respect for youth and young adult culture gives him a unique ability to connect with listeners of all ages and races.
About Molly Qerim
In September 2013, Molly Qerim was named co-host of NFL AM, the NFL Network’s daily morning show. Qerim also serves as co-host of NFL Fantasy Live, the official fantasy football show of the NFL Network and NFL.com.
Qerim began her tenure at NFL Media in 2012, serving as a news anchor for the network. Prior to that, she worked for CBS Sports Network as an anchor/reporter covering college football, basketball, National Signing Day, the NCAA Tournament and the U.S. Open.
Beginning her career with ESPN in 2006, Qerim worked as interactive host for College Football Live and co-hosted ESPNU’s Campus Connection. She also served as the breaking news reporter for Fantasy Football Now on ESPN2, for which she was honored with an Emmy Award.
A veteran journalist who has lived and worked on both coasts, Qerim honed her skills on various media platforms, providing digital media content, conducting interviews of various athletes and celebrities for ESPN.com and ESPN Mobile. She also has covered the Super Bowl, the Heisman Trophy presentation, the NBA Draft, the NBA All-Star Game and the MLB All-Star game, providing on-site reporting and interviews.
A female pioneer in the UFC broadcast industry, Qerim covered MMA action for ESPN and VERSUS beginning in 2007. In 2012, she contributed to FUEL TV’s coverage of UFC, helping shepherd its success on the network. She has co-hosted the World MMA Awards since 2010.
The National Sports Authority (Authority) is a division of the ESP Education & Leadership Institute (Institute), a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The mission of the Authority is to help student-athletes, whose athletic talent fuels the collegiate and professional sports capital-generating pipeline, become true beneficiaries of the financial harvest they have helped to create, and help our businesses and professionals have comparable visibility and access to the sports industry’s spend on goods and services. For more information on the Authority, contact Everett Glenn, President, at 562.619.8560 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.thensa.org