The Center for the Advancement of Sport, Project Play WNY and Medaille College are pleased to host The Thomas G. Stemberg ’71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men’s Basketball for a special Sports Law Round Table & Community Discussion webinar on Thursday, March 25th from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Coach Amaker’s stellar career as four year starter for Duke presaged impressive coaching accomplishments as an assistant with Duke, then head coach at Seton Hall and Michigan, before coming to Harvard in 2007. While leading the Crimson to unprecedented on-court success, Coach Amaker has taken pride in seeing himself as “more than a coach”, Harvard as “more than a school”, and the program as “bigger than basketball”, producing “ballers and scholars”. With initiatives such as his famed “Breakfast Club”, Coach Amaker has helped his student-athletes find success both on and off the court. Come join us for a discussion with Coach Amaker about his unique approach, “Teach, Lead, Serve”, and applying it in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Helen A. “Nellie” Drew is an expert in sports law, including professional and amateur sports issues ranging from NCAA compliance and Title IX matters to facility construction, discipline of professional athletes, collective bargaining and franchise issues. Drew formerly served as an officer and in-house counsel to the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League, after previously working as outside counsel to the Sabres and the NHL. Among her more interesting experiences were assisting former USSR superstar Alexander Mogilny in obtaining asylum status in the U.S. and working on multiple NHL expansions, including San Jose, Ottawa, Florida and Tampa Bay.
Drew teaches a variety of courses that incorporate topics such as drug testing in professional sports and professional player contract negotiation and arbitration. She is especially interested in the evolving research and litigation concerning concussions in both amateur and professional sports.