Academic journal article VAHPERD Journal

Virginia State University's 2nd Annual HPERD/Sport Management Leadership Symposium Attracts Industry Leaders and Provides Unique Networking Opportunities for Students

Academic journal article VAHPERD Journal

Virginia State University's 2nd Annual HPERD/Sport Management Leadership Symposium Attracts Industry Leaders and Provides Unique Networking Opportunities for Students

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On Monday, April 30, 2007, several authorities in the fields of collegiate and professional sports, community and public school health, physical education, athletics, parks, and recreation and leisure services, participated in The 2nd Annual HPERD/Sport Management Leadership Symposium at Virginia State University (VSU). The Symposium was the brainchild of the co-author of this article, Leon Wright Bey, who is a Professor in the VSU HPERD Department. The other co-author, Leslie Crocker (HPE Instructor, Meadowbrook High School and Adjunct Instructor, VSU HPERD Department), and Dr. Lauren Hamilton, Associate Professor, VSU HPERD Department, were among 19 members of the event's planning committee that was comprised of students, faculty, administrators, members of the HPERD/Sport Management Majors Club Executive Board, and a wide variety of other contributors.

The theme for this year's event was "The Dynamics ofNetworking." Listed below are the practitioners who served as panelists and/or moderators:

Topic: Networking in Collegiate & Professional Sports

* Janice Johnson, Executive Director, The Rudi Johnson Foundation

* Monique Morgan, Associate Commissioner, The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA)

* George Christopher, Esq., Chief Executive Officer, L'Impresa Sports Management

* Anthony Davis, Director of Sport, University of Technology, Jamaica

* Peggy Davis, Athletic Director, Virginia State University

* Shequra Dickerson, Assistant to the Director of Compliance, The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)

* Noir Fowler, Public Relations, Community Development and Game Promotions, The Richmond Braves

* Ryan Losi, CPA, Director of Business Development, Piascik & Associates, P.C.

* Steve Piascik, CPA, President, Piasick & Associates, P .C.

* Curtis Symonds, Chief Operating Officer, Washington Mystics (WNBA)

* James L. Tanner, Jr. Esq./NBA Certified Agent, Williams & Connolly, LLP

Topic: Networking in Community and Public School Health, Physical Education, Athletics, Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services

* Venisha Bowler, Senior Manager, World Games &Competitions, Special Olympics

* Harold E. Jordan, Attorney/Entrepreneur, Former Owner of Professional Sports Teams

* Millard Bolden, Project Manager, Youth Services, City of Roanoke (VA) Parks & Recreation

* Kim Brandveen, Executive Director, HealthCare Solutions, Petersburg, VA

* Robert Gregory, Assistant Principal, Kramer Middle School, SE Washington, DC

* Remus James, Head Football and Track Coach and Information Technology Teacher, Petersburg High School (Petersburg, VA)

* Corey Johnson, Health and Physical Education Teacher, Tussing Elementary School, Colonial Heights, VA

* Portia Kershaw, Health and Physical Education Teacher and Driver's Education Coordinator, Meadowbrook High School (Chesterfield County, VA)

* Nichole Martin, Community Health Prevention Specialist for the Crater Health District (Petersburg, VA)

* Larry Stewart, Activities and Athletic Director, Matoaca High School (Chesterfield Co., VA)

The keynote speaker for the afternoon luncheon was Kellen Winslow, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the NFL All-Time Team. He presently serves as the Director of Planning and New Event Development for the Walt Disney World Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. …

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