COLUMBUS (December 22, 2020) – Anomaly Sports Group is pleased to announce its continued partnership with the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation (“McLendon Foundation”) in providing professional development opportunities. In the summer of 2020, Anomaly facilitated virtual professional development workshops for the 2019 McLendon Scholars. This fall, Anomaly was selected to help prepare the inaugural class of McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative (MLI) Future Leaders and 2020 McLendon Scholars through the McLendon Education Series to continue to grow in their career journeys.
MLI is a coach-driven initiative that provides minority professionals jump-start to their careers through practical experiences, opportunities to build their network, and instilling the values of John McLendon: Integrity, Education, Leadership, and Mentorship. The 2020 MLI class includes 30 Future Leaders from across the country.
Anomaly’s support of the McLendon Foundation’s Scholarship Program and MLI has included virtual workshops in the professional development programming areas of: decision-making, interviewing, networking, public speaking, design thinking and self-leadership. The educational series for MLI will create synergy and relationship capital among the McLendon Scholars and Future Leaders as they look to elevate within the industry. To accelerate that effort, the series will also include several industry panels bringing additional leaders into the learning atmosphere of the Future Leaders for career insight.
“We are excited for the opportunity to support these young leaders in both programs with personal and professional development opportunities,” said Anomaly President Luke Fedlam. “It is an honor to partner with the McLendon Foundation in its efforts to increase diversity in college sports leadership and create life long bonds between the McLendon Scholars and MLI Future Leaders through our time together.”
“Anomaly Sports Group has been an incredible professional development resource for the John McLendon Foundation,” said NACDA Vice President and John McLendon Foundation Director Adrien Harraway.
“They have received extremely positive and heartfelt feedback from our Scholars and Future Leaders regarding the facilitation and presentation of each workshop. In addition, they were great to work with in all the planning and execution with shifting the programming from in-person to virtual due to the pandemic.”
About the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation
The John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded and administered by NACDA that provides educational opportunities and serves as a vehicle for networking, information and advocacy on behalf of the profession. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded 123 students with scholarships in the amount of $1,245,000.
John McLendon, a founding class member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, was a pioneer in the integration of basketball. He led the first all-Black college team to a national tournament in 1954 at Tennessee A&I, and later became the first African-American coach in professional basketball when he joined the ABL’s Cleveland Pipers staff in 1959. In 1966, McLendon was hired by Cleveland State, becoming the first African-American head basketball coach at a predominately white institution.
Learn more about John McLendon here and the McLendon Foundation at at minorityleaders.org.