Posted: 3 p.m.
WilliamsBengals tight end Tony Stewart and safety Madieu Williams are among the NFL players selected to take part this year in the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program. They will attend sessions from Feb. 25-28 and April 1-4 at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
The program, which sends players nationally to sessions at one of four top schools, is part of an ongoing initiative by the NFL and the NFL Players Association, designed to assist players in preparing for their post-playing careers. Enrollment criteria includes level of education, professional business experience, interest in starting, owning, or managing a business, and leadership and community involvement. Under the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, players may be reimbursed for up to $15,000 this year for education expenses at an accredited institution of higher learning.
The Wharton program focuses on a broad range of business topics, including financial analysis, entrepreneurship, real estate development, stock market investing, negotiation skills, risk management, and community reinvestment. Attendees work on directed as well as individual real estate, entrepreneurial and personal finance projects during the month between the program's two sessions.