NFL Player Engagement announces NFL-Wharton Prep Leadership Program

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Latest program for high school student-athletes runs June 25-27

Application process underway for seniors-to-be

NFL Player Engagement and the Wharton Sports Business Initiative will host the inaugural NFL-Wharton Prep Leadership Program for student-athletes entering their senior year of high school, it was announced today.

The program, which runs from June 25-27 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in Philadelphia, will offer leadership training and development programming with instruction from Wharton professors and NFL executives.

“With our newest NFL Prep leadership initiative, we are excited to acknowledge and celebrate those extraordinary high school student-athletes who are already demonstrating exceptional leadership qualities in the classroom and on the playing field,” said Troy Vincent, NFL Vice President of Player Engagement. “This program for male and female student-athletes features a curriculum created by top educators specifically designed to provide the skills and knowledge that are essential to becoming better leaders in academic performance, athletic experience and community service.”

“For Wharton, this is the perfect blend of sports, academics and social impact” said Kenneth Shropshire, Wharton Professor and Faculty Director at the Wharton Sports Business Initiative.  “We are excited about playing a role in developing future leaders impacted by sport, blending sports and academics at the highest levels.”

Male and female student-athletes who will be high school seniors in the 2012-13 school year may apply for the program at the Wharton Sports Business Initiative website ( through March 15.

Thirty six (36) student-athletes will be selected to participate based upon academic transcript, athletic experience, leadership activities, coach and teacher recommendations, and personal essays. All costs other than travel to and from the program will be covered by Wharton.

Among the topics covered in the full group sessions, breakout groups and panel discussions:

  • Basics of Leadership – assessments, styles, motivating others
  • Professional Development – life skills, social media
  • Career Development – preparing for the future (resume, mock-interview, public speaking, networking)
  • Financial Education – introduction to financial terms, tools, and the role of financial advisors
  • Basics of Management

NFL Player Engagement assists players in reaching their highest potential on and off-the-field with guidance, support, and resources provided before, during, and after their NFL experiences. NFL Player Engagement works with three core audiences: Prep, Life, and Next. NFL Prep provides high-school and college student-athletes of all sports with tools to help them succeed in life, focused on awareness, prevention, and education.

The Wharton Sports Business Initiative is a research, executive education and consulting focused think tank dedicated to provide practical and tangible solutions positively impacting a variety of clients and areas within the sports business globally.


About the Wharton School

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania— founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school — is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. The most comprehensive source of business knowledge in the world, Wharton bridges research and practice through its broad engagement with the global business community. The School has more than 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and an alumni network of 88,000 graduates.

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