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3rd Annual John Wooten Leadership Awards, Feb. 2

January 25, 2012 Leave a comment

3rd Annual John Wooten Leadership Awards

By Sheila Gilmore
Entertainment Sports Plus

Los Angeles-based Entertainment & Sports Plus has  partnered with Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers and Reshard Langford, Kansas City Chiefs to present Taste of the Game 2012, a series of charitable, entertaining and engaging events in conjunction with the greatest weekend in all of sports: Super Bowl XLVI Weekend.

Tarik Glenn, former All-Pro NFL offensive tackle for the Indianapolis Colts and founder of D.R.E.A.M. Alive Inc. and Lacy Johnson, partner, Ice Miller, LLP will serve as this year’s honorary hosts.  “We are honored to have Tarik Glenn and Lacy Johnson join us as we spotlight these outstanding individuals and companies who are making a difference throughout the business community and the communities we live in.” says Everett Glenn, CEO, ESP.

A portion of the proceeds from these events will benefit 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.

The 3rd Annual John Wooten Awards will be held Thursday, February 2, 2012, at 7:30 p.m., at the Central Library, 40 East St. Clair Street, located in downtown Indianapolis.  The winner of the 3rd Annual John Wooten Leadership Award for the college and professional division, as well as two new categories, Community Leader and Lifetime Achievement awards, will be presented at this event.

The evening begins with a reception at 7:30 p.m., followed by the awards presentation at 8:30 p.m., and the VIP after-party from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $150 while they last.

The John Wooten Leadership Awards nominating committee selected the three finalists for the pro award: Nnamdi Asomugha of the Philadelphia Eagles , Gary Brackett of the Indianapolis Colts , and Charles Woodson of the Green Bay Packers . Finalists for the college award include Leon Beckum of Indiana, Joe Holland of Purdue an Indianapolis native  and a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award finalist, and Sean Richardson of Vanderbilt.

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 finalists” said John Wooten.

Tickets while available can be purchased by contacting Sheila Gilmore at 818-430-2182 or online at  Only ticketed guests will be permitted at the event.

The John Wooten Leadership Award is presented annually to the college and professional football player whose on-the-field play, community and extracurricular activities best exemplify the leadership and vision of John Wooten.  The JWL Award is named in honor 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 (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, Wooten has been a major instrument behind the successful movement for diversity in the NFL.  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 JWL Award was established by 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.

The Business of Sports Summit is targeted to high school students with an interest in sports. The goal of this Summit is to use sports as a vehicle to motivate students towards education (which can also be used to pursue non-sports related careers) by exposing them to the many different non-playing career opportunities in professional sports.

In partnership with the local High Schools and the Bankers Life Fieldhouse management team, the Summit will include a full day of panel discussions for approximately 300 high school students with 30 renowned sports and business professionals, a Mentoring Luncheon featuring a prominent keynote speaker, as well as a tour of the executive / management offices of the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.