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MOAA Announces 2016-17 Founders' Grant Recipients

Dec. 22, 2016

CLEVELAND -- The Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) is pleased to announce the 2016-17 recipients of its Founders' Grant. Marcus Brown, an assistant director of academic service and certification at Indiana University (IU) is the male recipient, while Taunita Stephenson is the female recipient. 

The Founders' Grant was introduced to assist MOAA members with their attendance for professional development opportunities, including but not limited to the NACDA & Affiliates Convention Week. In an effort to support the development of its members in accordance with the mission and objectives of the Association, MOAA offers two grants annually, to one male and one female member, each in the amount of $1,000. 

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Brown is in his third year as assistant director of academic services at IU.  In his position he oversees the academic support of student-athletes, is the liaison between academic and certification and serves as the assistant certifying officer for the continuing eligibility certification process, including verification of all annual and progress towards degree standards for NCAA and Big Ten Conference.  Prior to his arrival at IU, Brown worked as an academic advisor at Northwestern and Missouri State.  In 2009, he earned his degree in kinesiology with a minor in sociology from IU, and graduated in 2011 with his Master’s degree in higher education from Missouri State.  Brown has also studied abroad in West Africa and England. 

Stephenson has varied experiences in intercollegiate athletics, recently serving as the assistant commissioner of championships and external partnerships at the SIAC. In her role, she oversaw the administration of 13 SIAC championship events, led all marketing and promotion initiatives, served as the primary sports administrator leading day-to- day administration of policies and procedures, and worked side by side with the commissioner in the acquisition and activation of sponsors. Stephenson came to the SIAC from Delaware State University (DSU) where she was the assistant director of wellness and recreation for two years. She has also held positions at Grinnell College and the National Football League. Originally from Upper Marlboro, Md., she graduated from DSU in 2009 with a degree in sport management. Stephenson also earned a dual degree (MBA & masters of sports business management) in 2012 from the DeVos Sport Business Management Master’s Program at the University of Central Florida.

The 2017 MOAA Symposium is scheduled for June 11-12 at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida

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 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 MOAA, please visit moaaweb.com. MOAA is partnered with National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 52nd year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit nacda.com.