Black NFL Team Presidents to Be Honored At ‘A Toast To Black Sports’ Pre-Super Bowl Event

Minorities in Sports Business Network and Diverse Representation will recognize the accomplishments of Chicago Bears President Kevin Warren and Washington Commanders President Jason Wright.

There will be a slew of events leading up to Super Bowl LVIII, but only one sheds light on the incredible contributions made by African American presidents leading some of today’s top-tier NFL teams. 

The Minorities in Sports Business Network and Diverse Representation have announced that they will be honoring the immense accomplishments of Black presidents of NFL teams at the “A Toast to Black Sports” event on Feb. 8 in Las Vegas, ahead of Super Bowl LVIII this Sunday (February 11). 

The highly anticipated affair will pay tribute to two distinguished honorees, Jason Wright of the Washington Commanders and the most recently added president, Kevin Warren of the Chicago Bears. Founded by Shaina Wiel and Jaia Thomas, the annual event is an exclusive, invite-only “gathering of influential sports executives from various sectors of the industry.”

The gathering will also “provide a platform for Black sports professionals to network and build connections during one of the most electrifying times in the industry.”

Wiel, who’s also the CEO of the Minorities in Sports Business Network, expressed her excitement about the event in a statement to

(L-R) Shaina Wiel and Jaia Thomas celebrate the leadership and impact of Black NFL presidents.

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(L-R) Shaina Wiel and Jaia Thomas celebrate the leadership and impact of Black NFL presidents.

“With our Toast to Black Sports event, we aim to highlight and celebrate the top Black sports executives in the industry. Too often, Black executives are behind the scenes accomplishing phenomenal feats with barely any recognition,” Wiel’s statement said. “Our goal is to give proverbial flowers by recognizing them for their work.”

Shaina Wiel, Kimberly Fields and Jaia Thomas

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Shaina Wiel, Kimberly Fields and Jaia Thomas.

Nicole Pullen Ross, region head of the New York Private Wealth Management (PWM) business and lead of Sports and Entertainment Solutions at Goldman Sach, the proud sponsor of the event, also shared the importance of the gathering.

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“We are inspired by the success of the honorees and thrilled to be part of honoring their achievements,” said Ross. ”The commitment of each of these individuals serves as a reminder that there are no boundaries to what you can achieve.”

This season, the NFL made history with five Black team presidents leading NFL franchises. Along with Wright and Warren, there are Sashi Brown of the Baltimore Ravens, Sandra Douglass Morgan and the first Black woman to be named president of an NFL franchise, and Damani Leech of the Denver Broncos. 

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(L-R) Jovan-Barnes, Jason Wright and Jason-Reid.

“The 2023–2024 NFL season is the first season in NFL history to boast five Black team presidents. We are excited to celebrate their accomplishments and the numerous ways in which they’ve opened opportunities for greater diversity in the league,” said Thomas, founder of Diverse Representation.

In addition to being the first major sports league to have this many Black team presidents, the NFL also had nine coaches of color in the 2024 season—the most in league history.

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