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Programming features Business Academy, Broadcast Bootcamp and

Personal Finance Academy

NFL Player Engagement announced their 2019 offseason developmental programming, which encourages current players and NFL Legends to maximize the resources offered through the league office and NFL clubs. Designed to enhance the lives of players on and off the field, programming focuses on career development, financial and continuing education, as well as personal, psychological, and physical wellness.

“Our off-season programming offers players personal and professional development throughout their NFL experience and beyond,” said ARTHUR MCAFEE, Senior Vice President of NFL Player Engagement. “Players who take advantage of these resources have the opportunity explore their interests in business, media-communication industries, enhance their personal brand, establish a financial wellness plan, and advance their leadership and special interests advocacy skills.”

The announcement is in conjunction with the 2019 NFL Business Academy, held in partnership with the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. In its fourth year, the NFL Business Academy provides players with the fundamentals of business management and entrepreneurship, real estate and franchising to offer a single, comprehensive program.

Over the course of three days, players participated in business simulations, learned the importance of building an effective network, crafted business models, and pitched business ideas to an investment panel. Additionally, players heard from NFL Legends ANGELO CROWELL, RYAN HARRIS and DESMOND HOWARD. 

“The NFL Business Academy was a first class, top notch program, said Howard.” “The speakers were very engaging, and they did a tremendous job delivering the information and making it practical. The players who attended are already ahead of the game for taking the time to participate in a program like this and I encourage more players to do the same.”

A full breakdown of the 2019 NFL Player Engagement programming is below:

  • Officiating Academy – March 7-9 in Baltimore, MD: The Officiating Academy is designed to provide attendees a unique on-field experience with NFL & NCAA officials.
  • Speakers Bureau – March 10-13 in Los Angeles, CA: The Speakers Bureau Boot Camp, in partnership with the University of Southern California, is tailored to those interested in developing or enhancing their public speaking, executive leadership and personal brand marketing skills.
  • Personal Finance Camp – March 17-20 in Fort Lauderdale, FL: The NFL Finance Camp seeks to give attendees a heightened sense of control over their long-term financial futures and investment processes.
  • Leadership and Sport Workshop – March 27-29 in Atlanta, GA: Hosted at Morehouse College, the workshop facilitates learning around the intersection of advocacy and sport. Learn about previous movements, acquire tools and resources and hear from athlete activists, academicians, politicians and social activists as they assist you in becoming a more effective advocate.
  • Broadcast Bootcamp – April 1-4 in Bowling Green, OH: The Broadcast Bootcamp allows players to explore multiple on-air job functions in television/media. Players will learn what life is like in the broadcast booth.

Earlier this year, NFL Player Engagement hosted the Coaches Academy to provide more than 45 attendees with tools to effectively coach and excel in their careers.

As part of NFL Player Engagement’s commitment to involve players’ families in the professional development and career transition process, spouses and significant others are invited to attend programming. 

About NFL Player Engagement

NFL Player Engagement assists players in reaching their highest potential on and off-the-field with guidance, support, and resources provided before, during, and after their NFL experiences. NFL Player Engagement works with three core audiences: Prep, Life, and Next. NFL Life (current players) and NFL Next (former players) reach more than 2,000 NFL players and spouses each year through a variety of programs and services focused on career development, financial and continuing education, as well as personal, psychological, and physical wellness. NFL Prep provides high-school and college student-athletes of all sports with tools to help them succeed in life, focused on awareness, prevention, and education. More information can be found at

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