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NFF National Scholar-Athletes to Take Center Stage at IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum
The NFF and the SportsBusiness Journal partner for a third year to promote one of the nation’s premier intercollegiate athletics conferences.
Published: 8/25/2015 11:05:00 AM
(Pictured: The NFF announced today that several of members of its NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments, will take center stage during the 14th Annual IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum, which will occur Dec. 9-10 in New York City at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square. Above, 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athletes Brandon Vitabile (Northwestern), Tyler Lockett (Kansas State) and Taylor Kelly (Arizona State) participated in the Forum last year with moderator Brad Wolverton, senior writer at the Chronicle for Higher Education.)

IRVING, Texas (Aug. 25, 2015)
– The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that several of members of its NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments, will take center stage during the 14th Annual IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum, which will occur Dec. 9-10 in New York City at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square.

The participation of the NFF National Scholar-Athletes, who will each claim an $18,000 scholarship the previous night at the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, is part of a partnership that began in 2013 between the Sports Business Daily/Global/Journal of the Street & Smith’s Sports Group to promote the IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum.

“We are excited to again partner with the National Football Foundation in staging the IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum,” said Sports Business Journal Publisher Richard Weiss. “The NFF has remained a powerful force for more than six decades in highlighting the life-long opportunities that college athletics create for the tens of thousands of student-athletes who participate each year, and they are an important voice in the collegiate landscape, making them a great partner for this event.”

The IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum draws more than 300 of the top people from the world of collegiate sports, including NCAA leadership, university presidents, conference commissioners, athletics directors, media partners and corporate sponsors. The Forum has become the premier event for intercollegiate athletics stakeholders to openly examine and candidly debate the numerous and complex issues surrounding college sports.

The 2015 Forum marks the second year that members of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, who also vie as finalists for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments, will participate at the event. In 2014, NFF National Scholar-Athletes Taylor Kelly (Arizona State), Tyler Lockett (Kansas State) and Brandon Vitabile (Northwestern) participated on a panel called: “The Student-Athlete Perspective: Now,” giving their insights on the current issues facing student-athletes. (Click here to watch a four-minute recap of last year’s panel.)

“We are pleased to partner again with the Sports Business Journal to promote the IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “It has been a tradition for many years for the leaders in college athletics to travel to New York City to celebrate college football at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner. It is a natural connection for us, as the IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum attracts many of the same individuals to discuss the most important issues of the day. We are also very excited to expand upon last year’s successful panel with the NFF National Scholar-Athletes who represent the very best in the game and a level of accomplishment that we hope all student-athletes will aspire.”

The 2015 IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum, now in its 14th year, will be held from Dec. 9-10 at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square during “College Football Week” in New York City. The 2015 Forum will follow the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Tuesday, Dec. 8. The 2015 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class will be announced on Oct. 29, and the winner of the Campbell Trophy will be announced live at the event on Dec. 8. Candidates for the awards will be announced Sept. 24.

Additional program details and registration information for the 2015 Forum can be found online at

Some of the speakers over the program’s 13-year history have included:
  • Sandy Barbour, Athletics Director, Pennsylvania State University
  • Bill Battle, Athletics Director, University of Alabama (NFF Board  Member and 2008 recipient of the NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award)
  • Bob Bowlsby, Commissioner, Big 12 Conference (NFF Board  Member)
  • Greg Byrne, Athletics Director, University of Arizona
  • Joe Castiglione, Athletics Director, University of Oklahoma (NFF Board Member and 2013 NFF John L. Toner Award recipient)
  • Mark Emmert, President, NCAA
  • John Currie, Athletics Director, Kansas State University
  • Bill Curry, former college football head coach
  • Chris Del Conte, Athletics Director, Texas Christian University
  • Jim Delany, Commissioner, Big Ten Conference (NFF Board Member)
  • Jeremy Foley, Athletics Director, University of Florida (2007 NFF John L. Toner Award recipient)
  • Dan Guerrero, Athletics Director, UCLA
  • Bill Hancock, Executive Director, College Football Playoff
  • Mark Hollis, Athletics Director, Michigan State University (2015 NFF John L. Toner Award recipient)
  • Tom Holmoe, Athletics Director, Brigham Young University
  • Eric Hyman, Athletics Director, Texas A&M University
  • Eric LeGrand, Former Defensive Tackle, Rutgers University Football
  • Jeff Long, Athletics Director, University of Arkansas
  • Oliver Luck, NCAA Executive Vice President for Regulatory Affairs (1981 NFF National Scholar-Athlete)
  • Archie Manning, Chairman, the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, and College Football Hall of Fame inductee from the University of Mississippi
  • Warde Manuel, Athletics Director, University of Connecticut
  • Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports
  • Don McPherson, College Football Hall of Famer (Syracuse), Sportscaster and Community Activist
  • Tom Osborne,  Former Head Football Coach and Athletics Director, University of Nebraska, College Football Hall of Fame inductee, 1995 NFF Distinguished American Award recipient
  • Christine Plonsky, Women’s Athletics Director, University of Texas (NFF Board Member)
  • Mark Richt, Head Football Coach, University of Georgia
  • Myron Rolle, former Florida State University safety and a Rhodes Scholar
  • Larry Scott, Commissioner, Pac-12 Conference
  • John Skipper, President, ESPN
  • Mike Slive, Commissioner, Southeastern Conference (NFF Board Member and 2015 NFF Legacy Award recipient)
  • Gene Smith, Athletics Director, Ohio State University (2008 NFF John L. Toner Award recipient)
  • Ben Sutton, Chairman & President, IMG College (NFF Board Member)
  • Jack Swarbrick, Athletics Director, University of Notre Dame
  • John Swofford, Commissioner, Atlantic Coast Conference
  • Kevin White, Athletics Director, Duke University (2014 NFF John L. Toner Award recipient)
  • Stan Wilcox, Athletics Director, Florida State University
  • Debbie Yow, Athletics Director, N.C. State University (NFF Board Member)

About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, New York Athletic Club, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PrimeSport, SKP, the Sports Business Journal and Under Armour. Learn more at

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