Green In Vegas for SALA: Student-Athlete Summit


University of Tennessee basketball alumnus keyen green is in Las Vegas, where she was invited to participate in the first-ever SALA: Student-Athlete Summit at the National Basketball Association (NBA) Summer League. The event runs from Wednesday to Friday.

The goal of the event is to connect two worlds: the best and brightest female college basketball players, who aspire to work in the sport, with NBA team and league leaders, as well as broadcast partners who wish to take on future positions in their respective organizations. Several senior executives from various teams (and league) and media properties support the program and will visit student-athletes.

A sampling of senior executives from the league and various teams who support the program and want to speak with student-athletes include Tara August, Senior Vice President, Turner Sports; RC Buford, CEO, Spurs Sports & Entertainment; Lawrence Epstein, COO, UFC (based in Las Vegas); Kelly Flatow, Executive Vice President and Chief Events Officer, NBA; Willie Green, head coach, New Orleans Pelicans; Rich Gotham, president of the Boston Celtics; Mark Tatum, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer, NBA; and Eric Woolworth, president, Miami Heat.

Programming in Las Vegas will include panel discussions, networking events and behind-the-scenes tours of the NBA Summer League. Additionally, the event will celebrate these leading young women at a banquet that will connect them with team, league and broadcast executives.

Green, a 6-foot-1 forward from Philadelphia, joined the Lady Vol program as a graduate transfer from Liberty ahead of the 2020-21 season. She played in 23 games and started four, averaging 7.0 points and 3.1 rebounds while shooting 55% from the field during her time at Rocky Top. She was a starter her first season and a key reserve in her second year, but unfortunately suffered season-ending injuries in 2020-21 and 2021-22.

In 2021-22, Green appeared in 19 games, recording 7.0 points and 3.2 rebounds and helped UT to an 18-1 start and No. 4 national ranking before being injured at Georgia. As she did in her first season at Tennessee, she held her head high and was an encouraging voice of encouragement and leadership from the sidelines for the remainder of the campaign.

Green was a member of the SEC’s 2020-21 Academic Honor Roll and was chosen for the WBCA’s “So You Want To Be A Coach” program. She traveled to the 2022 NCAA Final Four in Minneapolis, Minnesota to participate in this two-day workshop in April.

She also received the NCAA Graduate Scholarship for Ethnic Minorities and Women’s Enhancement in April, winning $10,000 for her postgraduate studies, and was named student-athlete of the year at Black. Student-Athlete Summit in May.

During the 2020-2021 school year, Green completed the requirements for a master’s degree in agricultural leadership, education and communication. She then began working on a doctorate. into leadership studies, becoming one of the very few Division I varsity student-athletes to tackle that program while actively participating in a sport. Her thesis focuses on the underrepresentation of women of color in sports administration.


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