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MOAA Announces Founders' Grant Recipients

Dec. 23, 2014

CLEVELAND - The Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) is pleased to announce the 2014-15 recipients of its Founders' Grant, Will Baggett, an events intern with Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is the male recipient, while Melisa Cruz, athletics academic advisor at CSU Bakersfield, 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 is proud to offer two grants, to one male and one female member of MOAA, each in the amount of $1,000.

Baggett currently serves as an events intern with the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta. His responsibilities include serving as a direct liaison to ESPN, game officials, and participating teams for operational functions; coordinating credentials; assisting with team site visits; and serving as a quality control production assistant for the 2014 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge television program. Baggett was the graduate assistant with the American Football Coaches Association in Waco, TX prior to his internship at the Peach Bowl, while earning his master's degree in sport management from Baylor University.

Cruz has served in her current position at Cal State Bakersfield since August 2014, previously serving as a career pathways exploration advisor at Taft College. She is responsible for assessing student-athlete course performance and advising student-athletes each semester during the pre-registration process by monitoring their class schedules for graduate requirements and special athletic needs, such as travel and practice time. Cruz earned her master's degree in educational counseling from Cal State Bakersfield in May 2014 after earning her  bachelor's degree in March 2012 from the university. She is a former student-athlete at Cal State Bakersfield. 

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 50th year. For more information on NACDA and the 14 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.