(Photo credit: MEAC, SIAC, GCAC, CIAA)

“State Of HBCU Athletics” Headlines the Get in the Game Sports Business Career Conference


Englewood, NJ; Thursday, July 26th, 2023- We at First and Pen are proud to partner with sports data and analytics company SBRnet to host the first annual “Get In The Game Sports Business Career Conference,” which takes places October 6th – 8th, 2023 at the Sheraton Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD.

Get In The Game was designed to educate HBCU students and students of color about the sports business industry and the career pathways within it.

Today, we’re thrilled to announce our featured event session, “The State of HBCU Athletics,” will be hosted by HBCU conference commissioners from the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC).

Per the release:

“We are thrilled to have four of the leaders in HBCU athletics on our featured session at the first annual Get In The Game Sports Business Career Conference,” said First and Pen CEO Yussuf Khan. “Who better to discuss the state of HBCU athletics than these brilliant executives who are shaping and leading the direction for these storied conferences and institutions in a rapidly evolving sports media landscape.”

The highly anticipated “State of HBCU Athletics” will be the featured session taking place on Saturday, October 7th.

The excitement of coming together and discussing the business and future of HBCU sports is echoed by all the commissioners.

“It is a pleasure to participate in the ‘Get In the Game Sports Business Career Conference’ with my Historically Black College and University colleagues in the great city of Baltimore,” said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams Parker. “I appreciate Yussuf Khan and the team’s efforts in bringing us together as industry leaders in college athletics to continue to advance the business of HBCU sports and provide continued exposure collectively.”

“I am so excited to participate on this panel to share my experiences and contribute to creating opportunities to feed the pipeline of diversity into the sports industry, particularly in athletic administration,” said MEAC Commissioner Sonja Stills.

“I’m excited to participate in the ‘Get in the Game Sports Business Career Conference’ as this is a unique opportunity for students to engage leaders and industry professionals who work at the intersection of sports and business,” said SIAC Commissioner Dr. Anthony Holloman.

“I am honored to be part of Get in the Game and have the opportunity to share with young professionals,” said GCAC Commissioner Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes. “This conference is in direct alignment with the mission of my organization, ‘So You Want a Career in Athletics™,’ I encourage anyone interested in athletics to attend this conference and learn more from the best in the industry. Thank you Yussuf for the opportunity.”

SBRnet co-owner Mark Sullivan was equally thrilled to have the distinguished commissioners lead the featured discussion at the first-year event.

“We didn’t think we would have the incredible opportunity of having these four amazing executives together at our inaugural event, so we are truly honored that the commissioners agreed to take the time and come together for our featured session to discuss the state of HBCU athletics,” said Sullivan.

For all event information, including schedule, registration, travel, scholarship opportunities and more, please visit: https://getinthegameconference.net/

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