Everett L. Glenn is a pioneering sports attorney and President of ESP Education & Leadership Institute (Institute). The Institute is a non-profit organization established to deliver programming to equip student-athletes, in particular Black male athletes, with the tools to not only adopt an academic and life balance; but model it as standout athletes; advocate it among their non-athlete peers; and to use their influence among their peers to Remove Any Obstacles to achievement in the path of a young Black boy or girl seeking to excel academically and join the ranks of the successful. There’s also a Train the Trainer aspect, with the end goal of combating the “young Blacks are only athletes” stereotyping in society.
Before establishing the Institute Everett managed the careers of a host of professional athletes, bursting onto the sports scene in 1983 when he negotiated the richest contract for a rookie wide receiver, and the first lifetime income contract in NFL history for All-American and Olympic sprinter/hurdler Willie Gault. During his sports career, Everett represented 13 other NBA and NFL 1st round draft selections and 4 Hall of Fame inductees. In the process, Everett became the first Black agent/attorney to represent multiple 1st round draft picks in the same NFL draft (twice) and remains the only agent/attorney of any ethnicity to represent multiple 1st round picks in the NBA and NFL in the same draft year (twice).
Before launching his sports career, Everett was a corporate attorney specializing in sophisticated commercial and real estate matters first with the firm of Guren, Merritt, Sogg & Cohen, then Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Arnoff and, after relocating to the Bay Area, with what was then one of the largest law firms in the country, Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe. His corporate clients ranged from Fortune 100 companies to government agencies, to real estate developers and entrepreneurs, including Levi Strauss, Northrop Grumman and Wells Fargo Bank.
A sought after speaker and commentator on issues at the Intersection of Race, Sports & Money™, Everett’s opinions have been featured in Huffington Post and Black Press USA articles and he is sought out by national news shows. He continues to raise important issues at the Intersection of Race, Sports & Money in a Huffington Post blog, and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post’s “Black Voices” segment in. Click here for my second post and third post. My last post examines the exploitation of our young men in college sports, at North Carolina specifically, through the use of an African studies curriculum. Everett has also appeared twice on Tamron Hall’s News Nation, Weekends with Alex Witt and on NBC News .
Everett was the recipient of the Rainbow/PUSH 2014 “Trailblazer in Sports” award recipient and the 2013 “Black, Cool & Hip” Award from the Power Networking Conference, the No. 1 networking conference for Black professionals in the country.
A 1974 graduate of Oberlin College, Mr. Glenn received his law degree from Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Glenn is a member of the State Bar of Ohio and California.