April 23, 2014
CLEVELAND - The Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) is pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of its Founders' Grant, introduced this year to assist MOAA members with their attendance at the NACDA & Affiliates Convention week, taking place June 5-12 in Orlando, FL. In an effort to support the development of its members in accordance with the mission and objectives of the Association, MOAA is proud to offer two grants, to one male and one female member of MOAA, each in the amount of $1,000.
Taurian Houston, a postgraduate intern at the NCAA is the male recipient, while Sandra Merchant, associate director - athletics business affairs at the University of Cincinnati, is the female recipient.
Houston was a track and field student-athlete at East Carolina University and went on to earn a Juris doctorate degree from the Charlotte School of Law in May 2013. He currently serves as a postgraduate intern at the NCAA, where he supports efforts of the academic and membership affairs department and is responsible for assisting institutions identify areas affecting graduation rates and developing strategies to ensure academic success of student-athletes.
Merchant has served in her current position at the University of Cincinnati since 2009, and prior to that was an intern for the Cincinnati athletics business department. She is responsible for performing specialized accounting functions for Bearcats sports and all other supporting areas within the department. She earned her bachelor's degree in accounting from Adelphi and is currently working towards her MBA at Cincinnati.
Moving forward, this grant will be available annually for professional development opportunities including but not limited to the NACDA & Affiliates Convention Week.
For more information on the NACDA & Affiliates Convention week, please click here.
About MOAA: MOAA promotes equitable employment opportunities for minorities in the athletics industry through the exchange of ideas, the creation of networking opportunities and the advocation of an increase in employment for minorities in athletics administration positions at all levels of the sports industry. The Association also promotes cultivating a sports environment that supports the values necessary to accept aspiring professionals from all walks of life. For more information on MOAA, please visit www.moaaweb.com. MOAA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 49th year. For more information on NACDA and the 13 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.