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Indianapolis , IN (February 5, 2012)

Giants Prevail In Super Bowl XLVI

ESP’s Everett Glenn, JWL Award namesake John Wooten and Packers’ All-Pro receiver Greg Jennings share a laugh during the VIP reception.

ESP was part of the pre-game excitement of Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis that included the 3rd Annual John Wooten Leadership Award and the 4 th Business of Sport Summit. The 3rd Annual John Wooten Leadership (JWL) Awards were held Thursday, February 2, 2012 at the fabulous Atrium in the Central Library. Tarik Glenn, former All-Pro offensive tackle for the Indianapolis Colts and founder of D.R.E.A.M. Alive Inc., and Lacy M. Johnson, Partner, Ice Miller LLC, served as this year’s honorary hosts.

 

The scene of the 3rd Annual John Wooten Leadership Awards, the beautiful
Central Library Atrium

The John Wooten Leadership Awards are presented annually to the college and professional football players whose play, community and extracurricular activities best exemplify the leadership and vision of John Wooten, whose NFL career has spanned over 50 years as a player and front office executive. Affectionately known as the “Godfather”, Wooten’s level of influence knows no bounds and his blessings and endorsement can build a career. Commissioners, general managers and head coaches seek his advice and to gain his counsel is the key to gaining knowledge and insight that is virtually unparalleled in the NFL. As Chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, John has been a major instrument behind the successful movement for diversity and equality of opportunity in the coaching, front office and scouting staffs

of NFL teams. The Alliance was established in honor of Fritz Pollard, the first African American to play in a Rose Bowl Game, the first to quarterback an NFL championship team, and the first to coach in the NFL. The John Wooten Leadership Awards on the professional level were awarded to Nnamdi Asomugha of the Philadelphia Eagles http://www.asomughafoundation.org/; Gary Brackett of the Indianapolis Colts http://www.garybrackett.org/index.php ; and Charles Woodson of the Wisconsin Green Bay Packers http://charleswoodsonfoundation.org/ .   The winner of the college award is Joe Holland of Purdue, an Indianapolis native and a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award finalist. The Community Leader Award was presented to Comcast in recognition of their outstanding corporate citizenship, commitment to community and focus on advancing new technologies. The Lifetime Leadership Award was presented to former coach Tony Dungy. The JWL Awards were established by Southern California-based Entertainment & Sports Plus 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. “This year's finalists have had an extraordinary year on and off the football field and we're excited to welcome them to Indianapolis for what will be an exciting and memorable weekend. I am honored to celebrate the 2012 winners," said John Wooten.

Former Pacer and CBS No. 1 basketball analyst Clark Kellogg, Martin
University President and former NCAA Director of Diversity Charlotte
Westerhaus and ESP's Everett Glenn following Kellogg's keynote address at
ESP's Super Bowl Business of Sport Summit

Former ESP client Clark Kellogg, Vice President of Player Relations, hosted and gave the keynote address at the Business of Sport Summit held at Martin University’s Gathertorium. Kellogg also currently serves as the No. 1 analyst for CBS’ coverage of college basketball and studio analyst during the network’s coverage of “March Madness in this h i s 19th season as a television analyst that has included Cleveland State University, the Big East Television Network and ESPN. Kellogg, a former first-round draft pick of the Pacers (1982, eighth selection overall) who played five seasons with the team and was the runner-up for Rookie-of-the-Year honors and a unanimous selection to the 1982 NBA All-Rookie Team after averaging double figures in scoring and rebounding as a rookie, mesmerized the 250 Charles A. Tindley Accelerated Learning students in attendance with a motivating talk on leadership and perseverance.

Kansas City Chief and ESP client Reshard Langford welcoming the crowd at the 3rd Annual John Wooten Leadership Awards celebration.

SEEN AT THE SCENE: All-Pro wide receiver Greg Jennings, Colts defensive captain and middle linebacker Gary Brackett, former Colts All-Pro tackle Tarik Glenn, 2-x Super Bowl winner and former Broncos and Patriots tackle Brandon Gorin, NY Giants’ Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson, Mary Beth Halprin Vice President, Public Relations & Community Affairs, Comcast Cable Heartland Region, Indiana State Reps the Honorable Phil GiaQuinta, Greg Porter Vanessa Summers and the Honorable Mara Candelaria-Reardon, and WTHR’s Community Affairs Director Angela Cain.

Mary Beth Halprin, Vice President, Public Relations and Community Affairs for gold sponsor Comcast surrounded by former All-Pro tackle Tarik Glenn, Colts middle linebacker Gary Brackett, the Chiefs' Reshard Langford and 2x Super Bowl winner Brandon Gorin formerly of the Patriots, along with Harold and Wayne Patrick of silver sponsor Marcos Pizza.

Sponsors included Comcast, ENTAP Technologies, JBL Financial, Marcos Pizza, McTech, Nationwide Insurance, NBC Universal, and RCR Technologies. "At Comcast, our commitment to the communities we serve is an important part of how we do business," said Charisse Lillie, President of the Comcast Foundation. "And diversity and equal opportunity are core values at our company. So it means a lot to be honored with the John Wooten Leadership Award alongside these great athletes who have done so much for their communities.”  Proceeds from the event benefited the Center for Leadership Development,National D.R.E.A.M. Alive Inc, Greg Jennings Foundation and ESP Education and Leadership Development, 501(c) (3) organizations that  support youth empowerment education and mentorship.

 

ESP’s Reshard Langford had a busy Super Bowl week, participating in the Super Bowl Gospel Fest, the Celebrity Flag Football Game, the Stars & Strikes Celebrity Bowling Bash, the NFL Experience and the Gridiron Celebrity Hoops contest featuring Chris Brown, Terrell Owens, Tamika Catchings, Rasheed Wallace, UFC’s Chris Lytle, and J Cole.