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MM 7.14: Mark Turgeon joins McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative

The Maryland coach joins 36 others from around the country in progressive foundation.

Maryland basketball Mark Turgeon vs. Michigan Lila Bromberg / Testudo Times

Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon announced his partnership with the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation in a press release Monday. The foundation, now partnered with 37 coaches from around the nation, including Kentucky’s John Calipari, was created to launch the McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative.

”The McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative is a huge step in the right direction for enhancing the pipeline within our industry,” said Andrea Williams, Chief Operating Officer at the College Football Playoff (CFP) and McLendon Foundation President in the release. “There are many qualified minority individuals who are prepared to make their mark and begin their careers in college athletics, and this program, jumpstarted by Coach Calipari, is a great foundation to build on.”

The initiative, referred to as MLI, will be focused in the athletic arena, aiding minorities in coaching and upper-management careers. The Foundation has granted 123 students with scholarships of over $1.2 million since its inception.

“I am appreciative of the support of the University of Maryland Athletic Department’s support of this initiative,” Turgeon said. “Career advancement is truly about access and opportunity. I am proud to team up with coaches across the country so that future leaders may prosper in our industry.”

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