by Sekia Mangum
Students at Hampton University interested in television sports broadcasting will get the chance to learn about opportunities when ESPN executives visits the campus on Thursday.
Norfolk native and ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jay Harris and other ESPN representatives will share information with students on internship and job openings.
The event is hosted by the HU Department of Health Physical Education and Recreation. Recruiters visit about 20 campuses a semester to draft talent for ESPN.
"The program considers it and honor and is very interested in working with minority candidates," said Ralph Charlton, a sports management professor.
Some of the guests that will be part of this event are Hampton Alumni.
Acie Wyatt now works with the ESPNu campus section and deals with social media on campuses. George Richards announced the basketball and football games while attending HU, and also did color analysis with WHOV-FM 88.1. Now, Richards said he is very enthusiastic about his works at ESPN, doing research programs, NFL programming shows and video clips.
During the day, the recruiters will visit Hampton University's sports management classes, the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications and the Career Services department.
ESPN wants to identify the candidates that have a strong drive and ethic to show the skill and gain knowledge.
After the mock telecast recorded in the SHSJC TV studio, students and visitors are invited to ask questions and receive advice in the Scripps auditorium.
Harris will visit an open session for all students 6-8 p.m. in McGrew Towers.
The writer is a student at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.