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“Sports & Education and the African American Influence” featuring Shannon Sharpe

Steward Speakers will kick-off its 2023-2024 speaker season on Thursday, February 22, 2024.  The season, “Sports & Education and the African American Influence” will feature Football Hall of Famer, former Pro Bowler and Super Champion, Shannon Sharpe.

Currently appearing on “First Take” with Steven A. Smith and his hugely successful weekly podcast - “Club Shay Shay”, Sharpe will share his journey from Glennville, Ga, Savannah State University, the NFL and beyond.  Students from across Indianapolis will have the opportunity to hear Sharpe at the Annual Black History Celebration sponsored by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in partnership with Steward Speakers, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, located at 4141 N. High School Road, Indianapolis, IN at 10:30 am on Thursday, February 22, 2024.

Steward Speakers will host its evening event featuring Mr. Sharpe at the Warren Central High School Performing Arts Center located at 9500 E. 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN.  The nearly sold out event begins at 7:00 p.m. and will feature WRTV6 personalities, Marc Mullins and Amber Grigley as the masters of ceremony.  Olivia West, In-Game Host/Emcee with Pacers Sports and Entertainment and Global Brand Marketing Associate with Eli Lilly and Company. will serve as the guest moderator.

Steward Speakers ability to bring high-level, talented, successful African American leaders and influencers to Indianapolis is due in large part to our more than  8 year partnership with Indiana University at Indianapolis.  Our shared mission to provide greater access to educational resources and experiences to students of color has been instrumental in providing students and the Indianapolis community the ability to be inspired to achieve more,” Kimberly Bostic, managing director.

“For more than 37 years, Steward Speakers has been committed to bringing this country’s best and brightest to the Indianapolis community.  This season promises to be one of our most exciting seasons in our 37 year history, said Matthew Steward,” president of Steward Speakers.  “We believe that this first event of the 2023-2024 season truly supports our mission to inform, inspire, and invoke action by fostering meaningful dialogue and cultural exchanges.  Through intentionally partnering with educational institutions and community organizations, we have expanded our capacity to engage youth, families, adult learners and others who rarely have access to nationally and internationally-renowned African American leaders.”

For more information on how to attend an upcoming speaker event, contact us at (317) 297-2905 or visit

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