THE MODERN ATHLETE CONFERENCE
Date of event: Sunday July 18th 5pm CST
Cost of the conference: Free
Purpose of the conference:
Many athletes believe the only way out of their environment and financial instability is through stereotypical means of playing a sport, becoming an entertainer, or selling narcotics. At TAP, we expose these athletes to people who share the same background. We also understand representation matters, so often these mentors look like them as well.
Our main goal is to intentionally change the narrative of black male athletes who are siloed into only being able or allowed to play sports. We encourage them to look beyond the field and the court, which is just a start. These panelists will provide a lived experience in these careers and the various pathways they have taken to get where they are today.
Why TAP Matters
The U.S. will face a shortage of over 1 million workers needed with college degrees. There'll be a surplus of approximately 6 million unemployed men and women. This is due to the fact that they didn’t graduate from high school and lack the necessary foundation for emotional development.
of NFL players file for bankruptcy within 5 years of retirement
of NCAA football student-athletes will get drafted by the NFL
OF BLACK MALES ARE LIKELY TO EDUCATED IN UNDERPERFORMING SCHOOLS
of African American males more likely to be suspended
WHO WE ARE
Together Assisting People (TAP) is a 501c3 that was founded by former University of Alabama 2009 National Champion, Chris Rogers. The TAP mentoring program provides opportunities for promising inner-city students that lack financial resources. Participants commit to a year-long schedule that includes activities such as after school tutoring and professional development, university and corporate site visits, and weekend community service events.
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