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2018-19 MOAA Mentoring Program Participants Selected

June 7, 2018

CLEVELAND - The Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) is excited to announce the 2018-19 Mentoring Program participants. Participants have been paired with one another as members of the second cohort for the 2018-2019 academic year. The program will begin in June 2018 and conclude June 2019 at the end of the 2019 MOAA Symposium.

Ten individuals have been selected and paired as follows:



Stephanie Davis, Minnesota

Therno Diallo, Big Ten

Tracy Ellis-Ward, Big East

Erica Bradley, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Jim Sarra, Illinois Springfield

Mackenzie Zinger, Big East

Darnell Smith, Central Oklahoma

Robert Vogel, Virginia State

Cassandra Thorpe, Wisconsin

Brandon Cox, Memphis

“We are extremely excited to see the program evolve and contribute towards the professional growth for both mentees and mentors,” stated Marcus Brown, the Assistant Director for Academic and Membership Affairs at the NCAA and MOAA Mentoring Program Committee chair. “The Professional Development Mentorship Program is a career investment and we are confident that the knowledge gained and the relationships that will be established will make a difference in each participant’s professional journey.”
The goal of the MOAA Professional Development Mentorship Program is to act as a support system with the ability to bridge the gap between novice and experienced professionals, as well as developing professionals through a series of enriched learning opportunities. The MOAA Mentoring Program Committee will be hosting a Meet and Greet program prior to the start of the MOAA Symposium to kick off the program’s curriculum. Congratulations to the 2018-19 cohort and welcome to the program.

About the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association: Administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association promotes equitable employment opportunities for minorities in the athletics industry through the exchange of ideas, the creation of networking opportunities and the avocation 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 the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association, please visit www.moaaweb.com.