COLLEGE PARK, Md., April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of Maryland today announced that Domonique Foxworth – UMD alumnus, Chief Operating Officer of the National Basketball Players' Association and former NFL cornerback – will deliver the spring commencement address on May 21. A scholar, athlete and philanthropist, Foxworth is well-known for his work both on and off the playing field.
Foxworth attended the University of Maryland, where he majored in American Studies and played cornerback for the Terps. Foxworth started every game between 2001 and September 2004, and received All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) honors twice. He graduated in 2004 and played in the National Football League (NFL) for six seasons with the Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens. Following his retirement from football, Foxworth was elected president of the NFL Players' Association in 2012, an office he held until March 2014. In October 2014, Foxworth was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).
Off the field, Foxworth is an avid scholar and philanthropist. He and his wife, Ashley Manning Foxworth '06, gifted $150,000 to the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland to launch the Foxworth Creative Enterprise Grants initiative which supports community-based arts and humanities courses that encourage innovation and spur new solutions for society's most pressing issues. He is also pursuing an MBA at Harvard Business School.
"The senior class is excited to welcome Mr. Foxworth back to campus to deliver our commencement address," said Louis Schiavone, Commencement Speaker Delegate of the University of Maryland's Senior Class Council. "As a diverse Senior Council that represents a diverse student body, we think the class of 2015 will be able to relate to Mr. Foxworth's experiences. And, as a proud Terp, Mr. Foxworth can share a unique perspective, as well as offer guidance to my fellow graduates as we prepare for life after UMD."
Foxworth was born in Oxford, England, but relocated to Maryland when he was in kindergarten. He attended high school and played football at Western Tech in Catonsville, Md.
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