The Power of Sports for Inclusion Around the World – AEG Europe

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In celebration of Black Heritage Month, AEG’s LA Galaxy and Dignity Health Sports Park Foundation hosted a career exploration panel “The Power of Sports for Inclusion Around the World” for more than 100 students from Lakewood High School at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA. The panel, which was developed in partnership with the Black Equity@AEG employee network group, focused on important role that sports undertakes to unite and drive social change in the community.

The discussion was moderated by LA Galaxy legend Cobi Jones and featured such professional athletes as Marquise Goodwin (professional rugby player), Jalen Neal (LA Galaxy II player), Steve Lewis (four time Olympic medalist, US Track & Field), and Denecia Fernandes (former member UC Berkeley Women’s Rugby Team).

During the conversation, the panelists shared their experiences of navigating the professional sports world as Black athletes and discussed the positive changes that are occurring within the industry related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Following the moderated discussion, students had the to ask the athletes questions.

“Sports is a powerful tool that has the ability to bring people together and to inspire positive social change,” shared Cobi Jones. “It can break down barriers and build opportunities for individuals, teams, and communities. I hope our discussion today has empowered these students to chase their dreams and make a favorable and constructive impact on the world.”

The AEG Futures Career Exploration program offers high school and college age students the chance to learn first-hand from industry professionals about career opportunities in sports and live music. Over the years, AEG has hosted multiple in-person and virtual events in conjunction with its music festivals including Goldenvoice’s Day N Vegas, Arroyo Seco Weekend and the BET’s BET Experience Youth Program at L.A. LIVE, among others. To learn more about AEG Futures, please click here.

Watch the full discussion here.

About AEG Europe

AEG Europe creates communities, places and spaces that deliver memorable moments through live entertainment and sports, giving the world reason to cheer.

AEG Europe is a subsidiary of AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company. AEG Europe’s extensive portfolio of live entertainment and sports assets across the region includes: an array of best-in-class venues, such as The O2 and Eventim Apollo in London; Barclays Arena in Hamburg; Mercedes-Benz Arena, Mercedes Platz and Verti Music Hall in Berlin; and Accor Arena in Paris; as well as renowned music festivals, including American Express presents BST Hyde Park in London and Rock en Seine in Paris. Our venues host some of the world’s best sports events and are home to prestigious sports franchises, including AEG’s own Berlin Eisbären ice hockey team at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Colleagues across Europe work together to create world-class live entertainment and sports experiences. AEG’s venue teams develop and operate best-in-class arenas and districts; AEG Presents promotes and manages concerts and tours, oversees renowned venues and produces some of the world’s leading music festivals; AXS Ticketing connects fans to events through specialist technology solutions; and AEG Global Partnerships links corporate brands into the company’s world-leading network of assets.

To find opportunities at AEG, click here.

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