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Homegrown support for national sports leadership initiative
NCCU's Moton backs John McLendon program
Published Wednesday, July 29, 2020 10:37 am
by Kyle Serba

North Carolina Central basketball coach LeVelle Moton is providing support of the McLendon Minority Leadership Institute named for Hall of Fame coach John McLendon, who coached the Eagles from 1940-52.

CLEVELAND – North Carolina Central men’s basketball coach LeVelle Moton has joined more than 35 collegiate coaches in support of the McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative, a partnership with the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation.

This coach-driven initiative will provide minorities a jump-start to their careers through practical experiences, opportunities to build their network, and instilling the values of McLendon: integrity, education, leadership, and mentorship. Participants in the initiative will be known as MLI Future Leaders.

“I simply see myself as a caretaker of a NCCU basketball program pioneered by John McLendon. He was a trailblazer for so many coaches and leaders across the country,” said Moton. “As an NCCU Eagle, it’s not only my moral obligation, but my social responsibility to continue the legacy of coach McLendon. I’m excited to join a program that will touch and enhance lives, and provide life-changing opportunities for minorities.”

McLendon was the Eagles’ men’s basketball coach for 12 seasons from 1940-52, winning a school record 77.9% of his games.

Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari and Harvard men’s basketball coach Tommy Amaker are co-chairs of the initiative.

“The MLI is about access and opportunity: real-world experience and networking platforms designed to elevate talented young women and men of color who have previously been ignored by a system that lacks diversity and inclusion,” said Calipari. “For this work, I couldn’t think of a more appropriate vehicle than the McLendon Foundation. I’m excited about where we’re headed and feel this is a great first step toward affecting measurable change in our corner of the world.”

“It is a true honor to serve as an ambassador for the McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative under the umbrella of the John McLendon Foundation,” said Amaker. “Coach McLendon’s name is synonymous with education, teaching, service, excellence, and leadership. I cannot think of a better way to honor Coach McLendon’s legacy than by providing young minority women and men with a pathway into athletics administration.”

The McLendon Foundation, along with G3 Marketing and ProLink Staffing Services, will be assisting in the solicitation of collegiate coaches, administrators, and corporations to build this program and provide opportunities within athletics departments at all levels, with the ultimate goal of expanding and enhancing the pipeline for minorities interested in pursuing careers in athletics administration. As an added benefit, the Joel Cornette Foundation will assist the Future Leaders with corporate mentorship, development, and job placement.

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