Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Partners With Urban Edge Network to Create New Internship Program for HBCU Students

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States – 12-21-2022 (PR Distribution™) – Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Commissioner Dr. KiKi Baker Barnes today announced the names of eleven interns that will participate in the conference office Media Assistant Internship Program, sponsored by Urban Edge Network. This group of students, who are all enrolled at GCAC member institutions, are the inaugural class of this newly formed program.

“Our motto all year has been GCAC Rising, and launching our internship program was a key element of our rising,” says Baker Barnes. “I want to thank our media rights partner Urban Edge Network for giving life to our vision and sponsoring this program. They have been amazing partners in visioning and helping the GCAC be a change agent in athletics and higher education.”

A total of eleven students were selected for the inaugural cohort. One student from each school will serve on their campus, and three interns were designated GCAC interns. 

“What was supposed to be an eight-intern program quickly blossomed into having three additional interns serve with us within our conference office structure,” said Baker Barnes. “UEN’s executives have a vision for the future as well and understand the goals we have to move our conference forward. Based on that vision and those goals, they immediately expanded our program to include 11 students.”

GCAC Director of Strategic Communications Dani Wright will oversee the program and GCAC Digital Marketing Coordinator Alex D. Williams and UEN Marketing Coordinator Faith Daniels will serve as internship coordinators and assist with the development and execution of intern tasks. Interns will help cover all GCAC sponsored sports and will write press releases for championships, maintain statistical records, assist with social media management, record and edit video content, and assist with content creation for HBCU League Pass+, the streaming site for the GCAC and its member schools.

“Commissioner Baker Barnes and her staff are blazing the trail for HBCUs, and we are honored to support their efforts to create new lanes for others to follow,” said UEN CEO Todd Brown. “The precedent they’re setting will create a strong legacy and allow many young people to have a deeply meaningful college experience.”

The following have been named as GCACxUEN Media Assistant Interns for the Spring 2023 semester:

Member School Interns

Tevard Bastian (Philander Smith College)

Logan “L.A.” Clark (Tougaloo College)

Roshaun Hughey (Rust College)

LaDondreon “Don” Lofton (Wiley College)

Jason Merideth (Oakwood University)

Victoria Patterson (Fisk University)

Donovan Ruble (Dillard University)

Kasyah Sydnor (Southern University at New Orleans)

GCAC Interns

Marcus Bland (Dillard University)

Miles Flood (Philander Smith College)

Kenadie Tate (Dillard University)

Media Contacts:

Company Name: GCAC
Full Name: Dani Wright
Phone: (330) 554-6998
Email Address: Send Email

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