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Marva Smalls named to Heisman Trophy board


Bwomen miss breaking the glass ceilings in the sports world and the latest pioneer to do so is leader DE&I Marva Petits. According to SCNowshe was nominated to serve on the board of directors of the Heisman Trophy Trust, making her the first black woman to join the organization’s board of directors.

A native of South Carolina, Smalls has dedicated her career to advancing diversity and inclusion. She has also been a strong advocate for youth empowerment; leading national campaigns focused on reducing childhood obesity, ensuring equity in youth sports and recreation programs, and encouraging younger generations to use civic engagement as a way to improve their communities. The University of South Carolina alumna’s career spans politics, the nonprofit sector and the media. Smalls was the director of the South Carolina Private Industry Council for Governor Richard Riley and Chief of Staff to the Congressman Robin Talon. She also led impactful work with the NAACP. Smalls is a founding member of the Black Economic Alliance.

Smalls currently serves as Executive Vice President, Global Head of Inclusion and Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, Children’s and Family Entertainment Brand at ViacomCBS, where she ensures the company’s DE&I values ​​are intertwined on its platforms. Her work lies at the intersection of corporate social responsibility, diversity and politics.

As a board member, Smalls will help advance the Trust’s mission of making athletics programs accessible to young people in underserved communities. She says she looks forward to contributing to the transformation work being carried out by the organization. “I look forward to working with Mike Comerford and the Heisman Trophy Trust Board of Directors to help amplify the values ​​of the trophy and realize the ideals that Heisman stands for,” she shared in a statement, according to the outlet. “Creating initiatives to address the disparities that exist in underresourced communities that prevent many young people from accessing and fully participating in sports is a game-changer. I am thrilled to be part of driving this change.

Smalls’ appointment comes as socio-economic disparities within youth sports persist.


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