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IMG College Named Official Partner of the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame

Feb 05, 2009

CLEVELAND -- IMG College has been named the official marketing partner of the McLendon Scholarship Foundation's John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame Induction for the next four years, beginning in 2009. IMG College will have exclusive marketing rights to the annual induction reception, which includes program publication, sponsorships and table sales.

In 1998, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) founded the John McLendon Scholarship Foundation and annually awards five $10,000 scholarships to minorities that are looking to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration. In 2007, the McLendon Division I-A Steering Committee, which is composed of the 14 Division I Football Bowl Subdivision's minority athletics directors and chaired by University of Central Florida Director of Athletics Keith Tribble, established the Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame to recognize minority collegiate and professional athletics administrators that have made a lasting impact on athletics administration.

"The McLendon Foundation is very pleased to partner with IMG College on the annual Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame induction reception," state McLendon Foundation President Mike Cleary. "IMG College will be involved in all phases of table and sponsorship sales, and we are excited with the sponsorship opportunities that IMG can bring to the table for corporations that support diversity initiatives."

"IMG College is excited about our new partnership with the McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame Induction," said Tom Stultz, Vice President and Managing Director of IMG College. "We look forward to bringing new resources to the table to help expand this important initiative in the advancement of diversity in the world of sports."

The inaugural induction of the "Legends Class" consisted of six minority administrators that were the first African-Americans to hold the following postitions: NBA General Manager, Wayne Embry; NCAA President, Dr. James Frank; NFL General Manager, Ozzie Newsome; NACDA President, Gene Smith; NAIA & USOC Presidents, Dr. LeRoy Walker; and MLB National League President, Bill White.

To date, this year's induction reception will honor Anita DeFrantz, the first African-American and first American woman to serve on the International Olympic Committee (IOC); Willie O'Ree, the NHL's Director of Youth Development for Diversity Programming and the first black player in the League; Gale Sayers, the first black Division I athletics director at Southern Illinois University; and Gene Washington, the NFL's Director of Football Operations and first black quarterback at Stanford. The induction will take place on the evening of June 19 in conjunction with the NACDA Convention at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort.

The ceremony will also honor former University of Georgia Athletics Director/Coach and NACDA Past President Vince Dooley who was voted the recipient of the 2008 Selig Mentoring Award. The Georgia athletics department flourished during Dooley's 25-year tenure as athletics director. Student-athletes saw frequent success on the playing field and in the classroom under Dooley, as the Bulldogs won 23 national championships and had more than 100 Academic All-Americans. Also, fundraising reached its highest figures and Dooley guided the expansion, renovation and construction efforts of numerous athletics facilities.

The award, named in honor of Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, was established in 2007 and is presented annually to a person in athletics administration who have been at the forefront in creating equal opportunities for minorities in the field of athletics. Selig, who has served as Interim Commissioner and Commissioner since September 1992, has placed diversity and equal employment opportunity among his top priorities throughout the years to great effect in Major League Baseball. The first award was presented to Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman, Dan Rooney.

Current college football analyst, Charles Davis, will be the emcee the 2009 reception. Davis, regarded as one of the most respected and knowledgeable college football analysts on television, is currently an analyst for the NFL Network, Fox-TV and the Big Ten Network.

The John Memorial McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Program and Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame are administered by NACDA.

About the John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Program: The John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards are presented to senior-level minority students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration. If you have any questions regarding this program, please visit mclendonminorityfoundation.com.

About NACDA
NACDA, now in its 44th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,500 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,300 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers 11 professional associations that come under the umbrella of the athletics director. For more information, visit www.nacda.com.

About IMG College
IMG College is the leader in developing integrated licensing, marketing, and multi-media opportunities for the nation's top collegiate brands across local, regional, and national platforms. IMG College partners include the NCAA and its 88 championships, NCAA Football, leading conferences, and some of the most prestigious universities in the country. IMG College is a division of global sports and entertainment company IMG. For more information visit www.imgworld.com.