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February 6, 2011, Dallas, TX


Super Bowl XLV

John Wooten Leadership Award namesake John Wooten, accepting the collegiate award on behalf of Texas’ Sam Acho

The ESP Super Bowl signature event, the VIP Reception honoring John Wooten and his 50 year association with professional football, was magical as over 200 celebrities, current and former football players, front office personnel and NFL moms enjoyed the ambiance of the Cumberland Room at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Reunion. A benefit for the HollyRod Foundation and Autism Speaks, the reception was hosted by OWN Network show finalist Alicia Taylor with entertainment by AHYONZ (pronounced "ions").  George Fraser, CEO of FraserNet, the No. 1 networking organization for Black professionals in the world with over 50,000 followers, delivered a moving keynote on leadership that captivated the entire audience.

Greg Jennings, Packers wide receiver, and winner of the John Wooten Leadership Award at the pro level…who went out and caught 2 touchdownPasses in Super Bowl XLV

Texas defensive end Sam Acho was the winner in the college division and Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings was the winner in the pro division for the 2010 John Wooten Leadership Award. The John Wooten Leadership Award was established by ESP in 2009 as a way to recognize the many contributions of John Wooten to the game of football and his efforts in promoting diversity and equality of job opportunity in the coaching, front office and scouting staffs of NFL teams. Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, a former teammate of John Wooten with the Cleveland Browns, presented John with the inaugural John Wooten Leadership Award at Super Bowl XLIV in Miami. The John Wooten Leadership Award is given annually at the Super Bowl to the college and professional football player whose community involvement, leadership and performance best exemplifies the leadership and vision of the man who chairs the Fritz Pollard Alliance, the organization that has acted as the change agent in promoting diversity and equality of job opportunity in the coaching, front office and scouting staffs of NFL teams.

ESP’s Everett Glenn and NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell

Unfortunately, due to weather that caused the closing of high schools in the Dallas area for the entire week, we had to cancel our 2nd Annual Super Bowl Business of Sport Summit (“BOSS”) event. Two dozen professionals from various segments of the sports business industry had committed to participate in the event, which is designed to inform and motivate students to do better academically in order to pursue non-playing careers in professional

Former Saint and Playmaker Images’ Toi Cook, Michael Boley, NY Giants, John Wooten, Everett Glenn, Reshard Langford, Jeff Lewis, President, Playmaker Images, Michelle Pointer, Nicole Jennings and Cheryl Foster

and collegiate sports, i.e. administration, athletic trainer, broadcasting, catering, coach, chiropractor, community affairs, equipment manager, facilities, finance, groundskeeper, human resources, information technology, marketing, media relations, operations, personnel (college/pro) ,public relations, security, sponsorship, ticket sales, technical services and video services.

The “Godfather” John Wooten, Reshard Langford of the Kansas CityChiefs and former pro Ernie Green, owner of Ernie Green Industries

ESP client Reshard Langford of the Kansas City Chiefs joined was in Dallas for the Super Bowl and joined 40 other NFL players and Grammy Award and Stellar Award vocalist Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Sapp, Mary Mary, Israel and New Breed and James Fortune in the 12th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. The legacy concert is the first and only gospel concert officially sanctioned by the NFL for Super Bowl Weekend. Reshard was also the host for the Anti-Bullying Rally that took place in the Dallas City Hall Plaza and brought together students from 28 Dallas-area high schools. Reshard’s jam packed Super Bowl schedule culminated with his participation in the Gridiron Celebrity Hoops, the first and only celebrity basketball game to have become

Everett Glenn and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith share thoughts on union CBA negotiation strategy

sanctioned by the National Football League. This unmatched fan-favorite experience has become one of the most anticipated events during the Big Game weekend, where NFL players, streetballers, champion boxers, professional wrestlers, models, and other celebrities come together for a high-profile game of hoops to highlight the importance of "fostering hope, fostering care, and inspiring infinite possibilities" for abused, abandoned, and neglected children from Juli's Kids Motivated to Succeed.

ESP’s Everett Glenn and Alicia Taylor, finalist on The OWN Network’sYour OWN Show and host of the 2nd Annual John Wooten Leadership Awards

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