COLLEGE PARK (10/12/18) — NFL Players’ Association executive director DeMaurice Smith headlines the 13th annual Shirley Povich Symposium at the University of Maryland on Nov. 13.

Race in Sports: The Challenge Continues” starts at 7 p.m. in Orem Hall of the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center on the University of Maryland campus. Doors open at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Joining Smith are Chelsea Janes (Nationals beat writer, The Washington Post), Tom McMillen ’74 (president and chief executive officer, Lead1 Association), Kevin Merida (senior VP and editor-in-chief, ESPN’s The Undefeated, and member of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism‘s Board of Visitors) and Scott Van Pelt ’16 (Sportscaster and Sports Talk Show Host, ESPN).

Television host Maury Povich, son of the late Washington Post columnist Shirley Povich for whom the symposium is named, will moderate the panel.

“The topic of race in sports continues to be on the front burner, as it has for more than 50 years,” said George Solomon, director of The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism. “We’ve assembled a group of panelists who have the experience, knowledge and interest in the subject to provide both a worthwhile and exciting evening for all.”

About The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism:

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism is a resource for journalists, academics and the public who want to explore the complex role of sports in society. The Center is led by its director, George Solomon, who was the assistant managing editor for sports at The Washington Post from 1975-2003.

Kaitlyn Wilson, Assistant Director, Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism,; 301-405-4605