Henoc Muamba To Participate In NFL Boot Camp: Sports Journalism & Communications

Intro: Colts inside linebacker Henoc Muamba will be a busy man this weekend taking part in the NFL’s four-day boot camp program in preparation for life after football.

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INDIANAPOLIS – As the Colts reach the halfway point of their offseason program, Henoc Muamba is exploring life after football this weekend.

Muamba is one of 17 NFL players at Bowling Green State University this weekend, participating in the Sports Journalism & Communications Boot Camp from May 14-17.

This marks the third year that the boot camp has been provided among one of several programs for current and former players through NFL Player Engagement.

The four-day program will focus on improving each player's writing skills for newspapers, radio, and the expanding digital media industry. Industry professionals and Bowling Green faculty will lead players through panel discussions, breakout sessions, and writing labs covering everything from press conference prep to ethics in sports journalism.

Participants will put their skills to work by interviewing veteran NFL Referee JOHN PARRY in a press conference setting and writing a follow-up column. Players also will write for their individual blogs, which can be followed at NFLPE.sportsblog.com.

Panelists and facilitators for the boot camp include NFL former player-turned-journalist BUCKY BROOKS of NFL.com, Director of National Sports Journalism Center & former NY Times writerMALCOM MORAN, and Senior Manager of Social Media at ESPN Jason Romano. Industry experts from ESPN, Westwood One and Foxsports.com also will participate in various sessions.

The boot camp is hosted by the BGSU School of Media and Communications and the Sport Management program and was developed with NFL Player Engagement, under the auspices of the Richard A. Maxwell Sport Media Project.

"The feedback from players who participated last year was extremely positive, and we're thrilled to be hosting the boot camp a second year.  We have talented BGSU faculty who will share their expertise in digital media, journalism ethics and writing commentaries for both print and radio," said DR. TERRY RENTNER, professor and Director, BGSU School of Media and Communications.

"This boot camp provides players an opportunity to network and gain the tools to be successful in sports journalism & communications," said NFL Vice President of NFL Player Engagement CHARLES WAY. "Sports journalism also presents an excellent opportunity for players to stay connected with the sport they played by giving fans an inside look at the game they love."

About NFL Player Engagement

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 www.nflplayerengagement.com About Bowling Green State University School of Media and Communications

The School of Media and Communication is home to approximately 700 students in the Departments of Communication, Journalism and Public Relations and Telecommunications, plus over 50 masters and doctoral students.

Following are the NFL players participating in the NFL Sports Journalism & Communications Boot Camp:

NAME

TEAM

Eric Bakhtiari

Former (TEN, SF)

Ramses Barden

Former (NYG)

Bobby Carpenter

Former (DAL, MIA, DET, NE)

Je'Rod Cherry

Former (NO, PHI, NE)

Willie Colon

New York Jets

Na'il Diggs

Former (GB, CAR, STL, SD)

Ramon Foster

Pittsburgh Steelers

Jonathan Goodwin

Former (NYJ, NO, SF)

Walter Harris

Former (CHI, IND, WAS, SF)

Benjamin Hartsock

Former (IND, TEN, ATL, NYJ, CAR)

Derrick Mason

Former (TEN, BAL, NYJ, HOU)

Langston Moore

Former (CIN, ARI, DET)

Henoc Muamba

Indianapolis Colts

Chris Ogbonnaya

New York Giants

Marcus Price

Former (JAX, SD, NO, BUF, DAL)

Stanford Routt

Former (OAK, KC, HOU)

Darius Walker

Former (HOU)


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