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NAADD Announces 2011-12 Diversity Initiative Recipients

April 27, 2012

For the sixth year in a row, the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) has announced the recipients of its Diversity Initiative Program. Recipients receive convention stipends to attend the 2012 NAADD Convention as well as the Fundamentals of Athletic Development session, which takes place from June 25-28 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

"The NAADD Diversity Initiative Program allows our association to recognize first class minority and female administrators who are members of our association and provide them with the opportunity to advance their careers in intercollegiate athletics development," stated NAADD President Whit Babcock, director of athletics, University of Cincinnati.  "Our Diversity Initiative Committee did an outstanding job publicizing and promoting this great program.  The selection committee of NAADD Executive Committee members Phillip McAlpin and Doug Knuth along with former Diversity Initiative winner Joy Bentley, did an outstanding job of sorting through many qualified applicants to select the recipients.  NAADD looks forward to continuing this exceptional initiative in the future."

The 2012 Diversity Initiative recipients are:

James Arrington, Tuskegee University

Danielle Boyle, University of California, San Diego

Brian Crawford, Southern Illinois University

Sheena Cummings, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Chris Davis, Samford University

Edward Davis II, Eastern Michigan University

Lori Dobbins, North Carolina A&T State University

Nicole Ferdinando, Seton Hall University

Reginald Garrett, University of New Mexico

Melvin Hines II, Alabama State University

Becky Jackson
, Xavier University

Derrick Johnson
, Benedict College

Jennifer Jory
, California State University, Fresno

Sarah Lazaro
, University of California Los Angeles

James McClinton III
, South Carolina State University

Krysta Plato
, Eastern Washington University

Kathleen Shingledecker
, The University of Akron

Tanya Vogel
, The George Washington University

Britta Williams
, University of Maryland

Kevin Wilson,
North Carolina Central University

About NAADD:
NAADD is the first organization of its kind to provide educational and networking opportunities, enhancement of acceptable operating standards and ethics, and establishment of the overall prestige and understanding of the profession of athletics development and fund raising. For more information about NAADD, please visit www.naadd.com. NAADD is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 47th year. For more information on NACDA and the 12 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.