2nd Annual HBCU Battle of the Brains Partners With NFL
After the 1st HBCU Battle of the Brains, where teams are made up of the top STEM and Business students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Paul Quinn emerged as the 1st champion. The competition involves a business case that is presented in front a panel of business leaders and teams have only 24-hours to think of a strategic plan. The HBCU Battle of the Brains, LLC is already in partnership with the National Black MBA Association – Austin Chapter (NBMBAA) which is the “premier business organization serving Black professionals.”
The NBMBAA has partnered with the National Football League on this year’s Battle of the Brains which will take place during SXSW in Austin, Texas from March 8th through March 12th. Brian Lockhart, the NFL Media VP and Senior Coordinating Producer of Original Content, says, “Leveraging our partnership with NBMBAA members at events like this works to deepen our pool of talented candidates for future roles with the NFL.” The NFL participated at the NBMAA’s Annual Conference last year and will contribute again at the 2018 NBMBAA’s Annual Conference which takes place from September 25th through September 29th in Detroit, Michigan. This NFL sponsorship helps college students with scholarships, travel stipends, and future partnerships for HBCUs.
The Battle of the Brains will increase the number of non-White students majoring in STEM fields which relates to the new PBS documentary Tell Them We Are Rising. NewsOne discusses with filmmaker Stanley Nelson, who also produced Freedom Riders and Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, that HBCUs “produce more than a quarter of the nation’s Black recipients of undergraduate degrees in STEM fields–even though HBCUs only account for 3 percent of colleges or universities in America.” Tell Them We Are Rising is a “story that no one was telling” which premieres February 19th on PBS’ Independent Lens.
Though registration has closed, you can still support your HBCU by donating any amount at HBCU Battle of the Brains. Also, if you are already going to SXSW, you can get some volunteer hours while helping out at the Battle of the Brains. Check below to see if your university will be the next HBCU Battle of the Brains champions.
Alcorn State University
Fayetteville State University
Florida A&M university
Grambling State University
Jackson State University
Kentucky State University
Morgan State University
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Central State University
Paul Quinn College
Philander Smith College
Prairie View A&M College
Southern University and A&M College
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
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