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Howard Menís Basketball Presents Weekly Speaker Series
Young Bison given an opportunity to chat and learn from guest speakers about the Game of Life

 DEREK W. BRYANT (Photo Credit Ė Howard Athletics Media Relations)

Link to story: https://hubison.com/news/2020/6/24/mens-basketball-presents-weekly-speaker-series.aspx

WASHINGTON (June 24, 2020) Ė Throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Howard University menís basketball team has been actively giving their student-athletes an opportunity to chat and learn from high profile guest speakers through its weekly series, which takes place twice a week via Zoom.

The series focuses on leaders in their respective fields while providing the student-athletes a chance to connect and network.

ďIn my presentation to recruits, I speak to families about a 40-year decision as oppose to a four-year decision,Ē said Howard menís basketball head coach Kenneth Blakeney. ďDuring the pandemic, weíve established a weekly speaker series with our team. So, we can continue to educate, give insight and have thought provoking conversations with some of the best leaders and influencers in the country.Ē

For weeks, the program has provided influential speakers to discuss their experiences on and off the court. These speakers include Xavier Williams, Vice President of AT&T, Que Gaskins, NBAPA Chief Brand & Innovation Officer, Jay Bilas, ESPN Analyst and practicing Attorney, Grant Hill, NBA Hall of Famer and Co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks, and Howard alum Jeron Smith, Co-Founder of Unanimous Media.

ďOver the past few weeks, we have had some exceptional speakers from all different backgrounds,Ē said guard Nate Garvey (Nanuet, N.Y.), who was named the teamís Most Improved during Mayís virtual Bison Awards. ďTheyíve all provided impactful insight towards the game of basketball and life afterwards. I believe the exposure our team is getting from these successful individuals will be important in the long run for winning on and off the court.Ē

Last season, Garvey had a breakout season for the Bison while continuing to excel inside the classroom, finishing with a team-best 3.82 grade point average. The three-time Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Commissionerís All-Academic honoree is majoring in finance and plans to attend law school with a concentration in Sports & Entertainment Law.

The program will continue its weekly guest speakers throughout the summer in preparation for the fall.

ďI wanted to be the Howard University menís basketball coach because itís Howard,Ē Blakeney continued. ďItís a brand that resonates globally, and that attract some of the best student-athletes in the country.

Coach Blakeney returns for his second season with a plethora of talent, led by 2019-20 MEAC Rookie of the Year Wayne Bristol, Jr. (Upper Marlboro, Md.).

ABOUT HOWARD UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS

The Howard University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 21 NCAA Division I men and women varsity sports. The programs represent five conferences: The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA), Sun Belt Conference, Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and Atlantic Sun (ASUN) Conference.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
 
Howard Senior Profile Featuring Maalik Nixon  A talk with captain Maalik Nixon

DEREK W. BRYANT 
(Photo Credit Ė Rodney Pierce)

WASHINGTON (June 26, 2020) Ė Howard University rising senior sports management major, minor in journalism, Jayla Thornton spoke with recent graduate Maalik Nixon (Peachtree City, Ga.) from the menís swimming & diving team, asking 10 questions for the 2019-20 Senior Profile series.

Q: What's your favorite part about swimming?

A: Hands down, itís the rush from competing. Being in that moment, youíre so focused. And then, itís an all-out blast to win. Itís a fight to the finish, and it made me hype every time.

Q: How did you get started in swimming?

A: At age six, I got started with swimming when I took one of those ďmommy and meĒ swim classes. From the first lesson, I was good and fell in love. So, my mom quickly found a team that was close to us in Atlanta. She found the City of Atlanta Dolphins, and I got really started from there.


Q: What kept you motivated?

A: My expectations for myself kept me motivated because I know what Iím capable of and I hated not performing at my best. I was always so focused on what I needed to improve and that motivated me. I was tough on myself if I didnít perform well, but that pushed me to train more.


Q: If you weren't competing in Swimming, what other sport would you do?

A: If I was not swimming, then I would have run track. When I was younger, I ran in between breaks from club swimming. I tried out in high school and had fun doing something other than jumping into a cold pool.

I really enjoyed track. So honestly, I realized that Iím all about racing.

Q: Who is your favorite athlete and why?

A: My favorite athlete is American swimmer and Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones. Even though I loved Michael Phelps, seeing a Black male swimmer that fast and successful really made me realize what was possible from a young age.

We competed in the same event, so that made me want to be even faster. It was an amazing chance to see representation on an Olympic stage in majority white spaces.

Q: Plans after graduation?

A: Iíll be moving to California, working in Silicon Valley with Cisco Systems, a well-established technology company. Iím ready to start my professional career and hit all the marks Iíve set for myself since I got to Howard University. Itís an opportunity that Iím so blessed for and stepping into my career path makes me excited for the future.

Q: What's your favorite memory at Howard?

A: The first thing that comes to mind as a favorite memory was HU Homecoming because seeing such a grand event with thousands of people is so exciting, especially with your friends. Itís a tradition thatís so crucial to the culture of HBCUs and you create amazing memories. After that weekend, youíre looking forward to the next one.

My other Howard memory was my first season-end conference meet because the energy was insane the whole week.

Q: What or who will you miss at Howard?

A: Aw man, itís too hard to express everything Iíll miss at Howard.

So much of my Howard experience centered around the swim team, from practices and meets. So, Iíll miss spending time with my teammates. Coach Nicholas Askew (Howard Director of Swimming & Diving) and the rest of the coaching staff will always have a place in my heart because theyíre the reason why I achieved so much.

Iíll miss all the friendships I made over the past three years.

Iíll miss my fraternity brothers because we created life-long bonds, so not being together will be strange.

Iíll miss springtime at Howard because itís the most beautiful time of the year. When itís sunny and hot on the yard, thatís the time everyone plays music and come together for Black happiness.

Q: What advice would you give future Bison?

A: To future Bison, donít stretch yourself too thin in doing everything. Howard University has so much to offer, but itís just as worthwhile to find the groups that make you happy. You can accomplish so much in a select few places rather than being a jack of all trades. Take your time, make your connections and be in spaces that satisfy you while being proud because you can easily create a forever family in these spaces.

Also, donít be afraid to step out of your comfort zone in creating the kind of experience you want.

Q: Who would you like to thank?

A: I would like to thank first and foremost is my mother because sheís been my main supporter throughout this entire journey. All my success and accomplishments are through her while teaching me moral righteous, genuine, and diligent. Sheís really the reason who I am today, and I love her so much. I want her to have the world.

Also, Iíll like to thank Coach Askew because heís the reason why I chose Howard to continue my passion for swimming. He believed in me and became an incredibly important figure in my life, whether it was critiques, support, and mental talks. Heís an amazing individual and Iím blessed to have had him as a coach.

About Nixon

Maalik Nixon was a three-year member of the swimming & diving team, competing primarily in the freestyle and breaststroke events.

In competition, he etched himself in the programís record book, making the all-time performance list.

Outside the pool, Nixon was an outstanding student-athlete, earning a spot on the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Commissionerís All-Academic Team twice (2019 & 2020).


In Spring 2020, the Georgia native graduated with a bachelorís degree in Supply Chain Management. After graduation, heís moving to the West Coast where heíll be working in Silicon Valley, southern San Francisco Bay Area of California, for Cisco Systems.
For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.

 
NCCU Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony Postponed
Athletics Department  Photo courtesy NCCU


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Carolina Central University Alex M. Rivera Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony scheduled for September has been postponed until the fall of 2021.

The inductees for the 2021 Hall of Fame class will be selected from the nominations already under consideration during this yearís process. No additional nominations will be accepted.

The 2021 NCCU Athletics Hall of Fame class will be announced in the spring.

For more information about the NCCU Athletics Hall of Fame, visit NCCUEaglePride.com.

https://nccueaglepride.com/honors/alex-m-rivera-athletics-hall-of-fame
 
MEAC Statement on Bethune-Cookman University

Maurice Williams


NORFOLK, Va., June 25, 2020óThe Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) acknowledges that Bethune-Cookman University has decided to leave the conference after June 30, 2021 but is also determined to continue its mission of being a viable NCAA Division I conference.

With eight remaining full members, including six institutions that sponsor football championship subdivision (FCS)-level football, the MEAC will retain its NCAA automatic qualification (AQ) in nine sponsored sports.

Bethune-Cookman will be leaving after 40 years in the MEAC; however, institutions make decisions based upon what they consider is in their best interest.

As with many challenges intercollegiate athletics faces, it also provides opportunities for new conference expansion. The MEAC is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020-21, highlighting a proud history and legacy including NFL and NBA Hall of Famers, as well as Olympic medalists.

The MEAC has been a transformative and dynamic conference in its nearly 50 years, and we look forward to an even brighter future.

About the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) just concluded its 49th year of intercollegiate competition with the 2019-20 academic school year. Located in Norfolk, Va., the MEAC is made up of 11 outstanding historically black institutions across the Atlantic coastline: Bethune-Cookman University, Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Florida A&M University, Howard University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University and South Carolina State University.
 
Howard Menís Basketball Presents Weekly Speaker Series
Young Bison given an opportunity to chat and learn from guest speakers about the Game of Life
DEREK W. BRYANT
(Photo Credit Ė Howard Athletics Media Relations)

Link to story: https://hubison.com/news/2020/6/24/mens-basketball-presents-weekly-speaker-series.aspx

WASHINGTON (June 24, 2020) Ė Throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Howard University menís basketball team has been actively giving their student-athletes an opportunity to chat and learn from high profile guest speakers through its weekly series, which takes place twice a week via Zoom.

The series focuses on leaders in their respective fields while providing the student-athletes a chance to connect and network.

ďIn my presentation to recruits, I speak to families about a 40-year decision as oppose to a four-year decision,Ē said Howard menís basketball head coach Kenneth Blakeney. ďDuring the pandemic, weíve established a weekly speaker series with our team. So, we can continue to educate, give insight and have thought provoking conversations with some of the best leaders and influencers in the country.Ē

For weeks, the program has provided influential speakers to discuss their experiences on and off the court. These speakers include Xavier Williams, Vice President of AT&T, Que Gaskins, NBAPA Chief Brand & Innovation Officer, Jay Bilas, ESPN Analyst and practicing Attorney, Grant Hill, NBA Hall of Famer and Co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks, and Howard alum Jeron Smith, Co-Founder of Unanimous Media.

ďOver the past few weeks, we have had some exceptional speakers from all different backgrounds,Ē said guard Nate Garvey (Nanuet, N.Y.), who was named the teamís Most Improved during Mayís virtual Bison Awards. ďTheyíve all provided impactful insight towards the game of basketball and life afterwards. I believe the exposure our team is getting from these successful individuals will be important in the long run for winning on and off the court.Ē

Last season, Garvey had a breakout season for the Bison while continuing to excel inside the classroom, finishing with a team-best 3.82 grade point average. The three-time Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Commissionerís All-Academic honoree is majoring in finance and plans to attend law school with a concentration in Sports & Entertainment Law.

The program will continue its weekly guest speakers throughout the summer in preparation for the fall.

ďI wanted to be the Howard University menís basketball coach because itís Howard,Ē Blakeney continued. ďItís a brand that resonates globally, and that attract some of the best student-athletes in the country.

Coach Blakeney returns for his second season with a plethora of talent, led by 2019-20 MEAC Rookie of the Year Wayne Bristol, Jr. (Upper Marlboro, Md.).