Mendoza School of Business

28 NFL Players to participate in ND’s ‘Invest for Impact’ conference

Published: March 31, 2014 / Author: Carol Elliott

Twenty-eight current and former NFL players will take part in the NFL Business
Management & Entrepreneurial Program (BM&E) April 3-6 at the
University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. This is one of several
training programs for post-NFL careers that NFL Player Engagement offers to
current and former players.

Participants will hear from University of Notre Dame faculty and successful
business leaders. The program will kick off with presentations from four NFL
Legends who applied learnings from past BM&E programs to launch their own
business ventures and foundations including Notre Dame alumni Deke Cooper and
Jeff Faine, as well as Charlie Batch and J.R. Tolver. Faine and Brady Quinn, a fellow Notre Dame alumnus and past
participant in the BM&E Program, were instrumental in bringing the program
to Notre Dame for the first time in 2013.

program—developed jointly with NFL Player Engagement, Mendoza’s Stayer Center for Executive Education and the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship—will cover
topics such as financial literacy and analysis, investing for impact, and
business plan development. Attendees will receive mentoring from Batch, Cooper,
Faine and Tolver as well as the IrishAngels, a select group of investors within
the Notre Dame community who advise and invest in startups. Throughout the four
days, participants will work in groups to develop and deliver a business plan
for the Business Pitch Competition that closes out the program.

believe in a shared responsibility to prepare our players for career
opportunities after their NFL playing experience,” said Kimberly Fields, vice president of NFL Player Engagement. “This program provides education,
mentoring, and hands-on experience for those looking to succeed in the business

is a pleasure again to have the opportunity to work with the NFL in presenting
the Business Management & Entrepreneurial Program,” said Paul Slaggert, director of Non-Degree Programs for the Stayer Center for Executive Education
at Notre Dame. “The ability to work with current and former NFL players
who want to give back by starting or investing in new ventures that benefit
their communities is extremely gratifying.”

will be live blogging throughout the program, documenting their experience on

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 Life (current players) and
NFL Next (former players) reach more than 2,000 NFL players and spouses each
year through a variety of programs and services focused on career development,
financial and continuing education, as well as personal, psychological, and
physical wellness. 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. More information can be found at


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