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The Undefeated, University Of Florida Convene Forum On “Sports, Social Justice and the Media” Tuesday

ESPN SVP, Enterprise/Investigations, and EIC of The Undefeated, Kevin Merida, discusses the goals of "town hall" panel sessions in Gainesville

The Undefeated, ESPN’s content initiative exploring the intersections of sports, race and culture, will be a key part of the University of Florida’s 2019 Wasdin Speaker Series on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

This year’s series will be presented as a town hall – Wasdin Town Hall — featuring current and former athletes, educators, media members, and more, participating in panel sessions discussing “Sports, Social Justice and the Media.”

We’ll have discussions that get at how black athletes are using their influence and are having an impact beyond their sports.
– Kevin Merida

Some of the participating athletes and experts include: Professional softball player A.J. Andrews, retired NBA players Artis Gilmore – a Naismith Basketball Hall Of Fame inductee – and Ethan Thomas; Olympic track and field champion Michelle Carter; Jacksonville Jaguars director of player engagement Marcus Pollard; retired NCAA basketball coach Tom Wasdin – who recruited and coached Gilmore at Jacksonville – and more. The Undefeated senior writers Jason Reid (NFL) and Lonnae O’Neal will moderate.

The Wasdin Town Hall extends The Undefeated’s mission as a thought-leader on race, sports and culture in America as evidenced in previous town halls in Chicago and North Carolina.

In the video above, ESPN Senior Vice President, Enterprise/Investigations, and Editor-in-Chief of The Undefeated, Kevin Merida, discusses the Wasdin Town Hall and The Undefeated’s mission.

Sharon Matthews produced the video.

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