The Cheyney University Athletic Department Tips Off Winter Season With Dinner
November 2, 2012
The Cheyney University Athletic Department tipped off the winter season with a dinner for the indoor track and basketball teams. Each head coach, Marilyn Stephens (Women’s Basketball), James Williams (Indoor Track) and Dominique Stephens (Men’s Basketball) gave previews of the upcoming season to the Cheyney community.
Student athlete representatives from each team also spoke, including first year men’s basketball player Brandon Norfleet. Norfleet shared the three reasons he chose to attend Cheyney University - “I came to Cheyney for my education. I came to play ball. I came because of the family friendly atmosphere I felt when I came on a visit. Being from Virginia Beach (VA) these reasons were really important to me.”
But the highlight of the evening for many in attendance was guest speaker Charles Grantham.
Mr. Grantham has been deeply involved in professional sports most of his working life. He is currently a partner with Grantham & Lander LLC, a sports management company with an array of specialized services. Mr. Grantham has represented NBA players in contract negotiations including, most recently, Amar’e Stoudemire. He serves as a Senior Advisor of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Sports Business Initiative and as an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business where he teaches a graduate level course, “Negotiation and Dispute Resolution in
Professional and Amateur Sports.” For the academic year 2011-12, he received the Stillman School’s Adjunct Professor Excellence Award.
He is a former Director of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA); Mr. Grantham played a pivotal role in the advancement of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1978 to 1995. He transformed the NBPA from a mere bargaining unit to a multi-faceted organization designed to enhance the league’s image and protect the NBA’s greatest asset – its players.
Mr. Grantham is a graduate of Cheyney University and a 1992 inductee into the Cheyney University Athletic Hall of Fame. In his remarks, Mr. Grantham reiterated to the audience that he got the training at Cheyney University that shaped his career. He went on to say that “a man with no vision is lost and that life is about overcoming and dealing with adversity.” He advised the student-athletes that “preparation and opportunity equals success,” and that he is always available to talk to them.