WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Strayer University, a leading post-secondary adult education institution, announced today that it will lead the financial planning program during the NFL Players Association’s rookie symposium, "The Business of Football: Rookie Edition," to be held in Bradenton, Florida June 28-29th.
“We are pleased to partner with Strayer University to offer financial planning coursework during the NFLPA’s inaugural The Business of Football: Rookie Edition event,” said DeMaurice Smith, executive director, NFL Players Association. “Financial education is incredibly important at the outset of a player’s career and through this event and other programs, the NFLPA is committed to instilling all NFL players with the necessary information and skills that can help lead them to a path of financial success throughout their career and in life after football.”
Strayer University will team up with former Washington Redskins and Hall of Fame Coach Joe Gibbs as well as retired Detroit Lions defensive lineman Luther Elliss as part of the financial planning portion of the symposium. Gibbs and Elliss will provide personal perspectives on life during and after the NFL as well as their experiences with financial challenges, while Strayer University financial experts will facilitate five financial planning breakout sessions focused on personal financial planning for athletes, assessing personal spending habits, financial goal setting during the first year in the NFL and making good decisions for the long-term. Approximately 125 rookies are expected to attend the symposium.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to positively impact new players entering the NFL this season with the knowledge and discipline to ensure a solid and sustainable financial future,” said Karl McDonnell, chief operating officer, Strayer University. “The coursework for the symposium was designed by Strayer University’s faculty to give new players a thorough understanding of basic financial planning as well as easy steps they can take now to ensure success, specifically during their first year in professional football. We want to ensure that they approach financial planning positively and that with the right tools and mindset, they can achieve their financial goals.”
Strayer University, founded in 1892 and whose flagship campus is located in Washington, D.C., developed and led a similar program in partnership with Joe Gibbs last summer for the Washington Redskins that aimed to help players and their families make more informed decisions about managing their money and planning for a financially secure future after football.
“Strayer University has been an excellent partner in helping to educate pro football players about the importance of financial planning for long-term success and I’m confident that the rookies will benefit from the financial coursework at the symposium as much as the Redskins players did last summer,” said Joe Gibbs, former Washington Redskins coach and founder of Joe Gibbs Racing. “I personally have made some financial mistakes from not understanding corporate structures and liability issues, and I want to do everything I can to inform and equip these athletes, both new and experienced, to make the best decisions possible. I am thankful to the NFLPA and Strayer University for helping us further the cause of financial education for players.”
The financial planning session is scheduled for June 28th from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. For additional information about Strayer University, visit www.strayer.edu. Photos from the event will be available for media use on June 28th after 2:00 p.m. Please visit, http://clients.brookskraft.com/gallery/NFLStrayer/G00004sX7ccf5xCI and enter the password NFLStrayer to obtain photos.
About Strayer University
Strayer University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been in operation since 1892. The University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, information technology, education, health care, public administration, human resource management and criminal justice. With more than 57,000 students, Strayer University operates 90 campuses in 22 states and Washington, D.C., as well as worldwide via the Internet. For more information, visit www.strayer.edu or call 1-888-4-STRAYER (888-478-7293).