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NCAA president to discuss college athletics Thursday at Daemen

NCAA President Mark Emmert will visit Daemen College on Thursday, May 4 to talk about how college sports produces opportunities for student-athletes.

Emmert is the featured speaker in Daemen's Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series set for 3:15 p.m. in the Wick Campus Center Social Room. His lecture, “College Sports: A Pathway to Opportunity,” is free and open to the public. People interested in attending are asked to RSVP at

As part of his campus visit, Emmert will hold a town hall discussion with the college’s athletes at 11:30 a.m. in the Lumsden Gymnasium. He is expected to discuss his experience leading the NCAA, student athletes' balancing of academics and sports, and how institutions, such as Daemen, move to different NCAA divisions.

Emmert, who previously served as president of the University of Washington, has served as president of the NCAA since 2010. He oversees an organization comprised of more than 1,120 colleges and universities, nearly 500,000 college athletes and 19,500 teams.

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