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Former Super Bowl Champion Ryan Nece Named to 2018 Class of Henry Crown Fellows
Prestigious Aspen Institute Fellowship Convenes Nation's Next Generation Community Leaders to Create Tangible Impact
The Henry Crown Fellowship mobilizes a new breed of leaders, all between ages 30-45, to apply their creative talents and skill sets to build a better society. Henry Crown Fellows spend four weeks over the course of two years in structured retreat – exploring their leadership, their core values, their vision for a "Good Society" and their desired legacies.
"I am both honored and humbled to join the 2018 Class of Henry Crown Fellows," said Nece. "I've been fortunate throughout my career to be surrounded by people who believed in creating a culture of success as much as I did, so I look forward to coming together with such an outstanding group of successful and purpose-driven entrepreneurs to develop our own blueprints for sustainable, positive impact."
Beginning with his distinguished career as a professional football player whose 7-year career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers included winning a Super Bowl ring and serving as one of the team's captains, Nece has always been known for his leadership, work ethic and ability to create purposeful momentum, both on and off the field. While playing at Tampa Bay, he founded the Ryan Nece Foundation to create opportunities for youth to give back in their local communities through service projects, inspirational programs and volunteerism. For more than a decade, the Ryan Nece Foundation has worked to shape and mentor the next generation of servant leaders through its annual programs.
Following his NFL career, Nece pursued his passion for investing and entrepreneurism. Starting with investing, he began with real estate investment as a principal at Arenda Capital, and then moved onto the debt and tech sectors with Provident Investment Advisors. In 2010, he co-founded Straightcast Media, a mobile app that was designed to empower athletes to create their own HD-quality content, which was sold to Fox Sports in 2014.
After the sale of Straightcast Media, Nece was able to focus his energies full-time on creating a platform that could bring together like-minded investors, top-tier venture funds and their portfolio companies to cultivate tangible value for not only everyone in this community, but for the greater community at large. The result: Next Play Capital, a world-class venture capital investment platform that draws upon Nece's extensive background and vast network of relationships built across sport and industry.
"We are especially delighted with this year's class of Henry Crown Fellows, the 22nd since the Fellowship was founded," said Peter Reiling, executive director of the program. "For society, they represent a potent force of talent, ready to focus their energies on some of the greatest challenges of our times. For themselves, they are embarking on a personal journey 'from success to significance' - one that will change their lives forever."
About Next Play Capital:
Next Play Capital is a venture capital investment platform structured to provide its investor community of athletes and other luminaries with access to top venture capital funds and venture-backed companies. Backed by deep experience, strong domain expertise and a network of relationships across industry verticals, Next Play Capital focuses on accelerating the success and impact of the next generation of great investors and entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.nextplaycapital.com
About the Henry Crown Fellowship Program
The Henry Crown Fellowship Program was established in 1997 to honor the life and career of Chicago industrialist Henry Crown (1896-1990) and was initially funded by the Henry and Gladys Crown Charitable Trust Fund. The Fellowship is the flagship program within the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
About The Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners.