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Now-Best-Next Summit : NBA and NFL - Programs and initiatives making an impact and improving the wellbeing of athletes /
Available to Clearinghouse member groups B and C. Presenter : Charles Way. A sixth-round National Football League (NFL) draft pick, Charles rewrote history during his five-seasons as a fullback at the New York Giants from 1995-99. Charles was the first rookie since Greg Jackson in 1989 to be in the Giants starting line-up on opening day. As a team captain, NFL Players Association team representative, and 16-game starter during the 1997 and 1998 seasons, Charles led by example. His teammates held him in high esteem for his strong work ethic, style and consistency. When a knee injury sidelined Charles in 1999, the Giants named him their Director of Player Development. During his 14-year tenure leading player services with the Giants, Charles was instrumental in developing new programs including leadership training, professional development, and team building. The NFL named Charles Vice-President of NFL Player Engagement in July last year. In this role, Charles will oversee the continued evolution and implementation of a variety of support programs and services for NFL teams, players and their families. Professionally, Charles recently participated in the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace at the United Nations to discuss the NFL’s impact on local communities. His personal community service involvement includes board positions for the University of Virginia Engineering Foundation, Starlight Foundation, and M-CAM. Charles has served as a spokesperson for The New York and New Jersey United Way and received an honorary doctorate for his work as the Gates-Ferry lecturer for Centenary College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia. Presenter : Rory Sparrow. Rory has been involved in professional basketball for more than 30 years – first as a player and now as an official with the NBA.He joined the NBA’s league office in June 1994 and currently supports the execution of all of the player development department’s major programs and initiatives while helping players with their transition from basketball to everyday life. He also spearheads the development and implementation of the Rookie Transition Program, one of the department’s cornerstone programs.Prior to joining the player development department, he worked as a director in the basketball operations department assisting with on‑court operations, officiating, game conduct and discipline. He was also involved with monitoring other professional leagues and coordinating the NBA pre-season schedule.Rory was the 1980 fourth-round draft choice of the New Jersey Nets and played 12 seasons in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks and the Sacramento Kings. He averaged 9.0 points and 5.0 assists per game during his professional tenure. He was awarded the Sports Illustrated Man of the Year and the 1985 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Awards for his charitable endeavours with underprivileged children in the New York City area.Following his playing career, Rory, an electrical engineering graduate of Villanova University, pursued his entrepreneurial interests as president and founder of First Care Network, Inc, a medical network management company. Now | Best | Next was a joint initiative between Australia’s high performance strategic sports agency, the AIS and the National Rugby League (NRL) with support from practitioners in Olympic and Paralympic sports, state institutes, professional sporting codes and international organisations. It signified a systemic and united approach to emphasise the readiness by Australian sport to collectively work together to highlight the importance of athlete wellbeing. The program has been designed to help speakers, presenters and delegates by exchanging diverse experiences and perspectives. We will delve into what we are doing NOW in athlete wellbeing, explore what is BEST practice, and uncover emergent thinking around how to progress to NEXT practice. Day 1 - 2 June 2016 : NBA and NFL - Programs and initiatives making an impact and improving the wellbeing of athletes. Presenters: Charles Way, Vice-President, Player Engagement, NFL and Rory Sparrow, Vice-President, Player Development, NBA.