TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — With the Super Bowl just days away, two local students will be there after receiving a surprise email from the NFL.
FAMU students are part of NFL’S Experienceship, a mentorship program for HBCU students across the country.
Little did the two sports fans know it would win them an all-expenses-paid trip to Super Bowl LVI.
Tia Huie and Tatiana Barnes still can’t believe it.
“I was like, what? I’m going to the Super Bowl? FAMU Senior Tia Huie described the moment she opened this email a few weeks ago.
“I couldn’t believe it…I was like, they must have sent this to the wrong person,” said FAMU Sophomore Tatiana Barnes.
“For this to happen to you, it’s like, wow,” Huie said.
The two FAMU students flew to Los Angeles earlier this week. They help with all those pre-game events as players, fans and celebrities arrive from all over.
We spoke to them as they sat in the stands at Bragg Stadium just before they left.
“So to go from a stage like this to a stage like SoFi is going to be amazing,” Huie said.
“Having to see these fans from all over the states, even the world, in this arena is going to be amazing,” Barnes said.
Tia is a senior specializing in health, fitness and recreation. Tatiana is a second-year business administration student. Both are interns with the NFL Experienceship — an NFL partnership with historically black colleges and universities designed to open doors and boost diversity in the league.
“It’s an amazing opportunity and I feel like as a student I want to establish a successful career in sports…it’s my foot in the door,” Huie said.
The NFL tells us it’s a mentorship program that allows students to work and network alongside NFL professionals.
“This presents us with a diverse set of future leaders who continue to successfully move our league forward,” said Natara Holloway, vice president of football strategy and business development for the NFL.
“It’s important for us to know that the NFL is looking for a diverse talent pool,” Tatiana Barnes said. “They create a pipeline for us. It opens this door of opportunity for us and all we need is a chance and we’re going to grab it and run with it.”
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