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Rising 25 Award

Established in 2017, the Front Office Sports Rising 25 Award was created to honor up and comers in working in sports business. To date, we’ve honored 100 individuals and will add another 25 young professionals from around the world this summer.

In celebration of the next class of winners, who were born in the mid-90s, Front Office Sports will pay homage to a decade filled with unforgettable sporting moments. Think the 1992 Dream Team, Tiger winning his first major, U.S. Women’s World Cup victory, Michael Jordan’s retirement and Derek Jeter’s first season with the New York Yankees.

As we continue to navigate the pandemic, we look forward to celebrating the class of 2021 later in the year. Event details will be announced at a later date.

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Supporting Partner


Nomination Deadline/Eligibility

  • Nominations must be submitted by no later than March 23, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET
  • Eligibility: All nominees must have been born on or after March 23, 1995

Selection Process

Winners are selected through two rounds of judging.

  • Round 1: FOS staff review, resulting in 50 semi-finalists
  • Round 2: Panel of ten judges reviews 50 semi-finalists and selects the 25 winners

During the judging process, a variety of factors are weighed to determine whether a nominee should be a Rising 25 winner, including but not limited to:

  • Size & scope of work responsibilities
  • Accomplishments over their school or professional career up to this point
  • Leadership roles
  • Activities outside of work – professional organizations, volunteering, etc.
  • The scope of influence within their area of expertise
  • Specific business results driven by ideas/execution of the nominee

All nomination information is kept private. No member of Front Office Sports is eligible to win. Only the winners of the award will be notified.


2021 Judges

JP Abercrumbie

Associate Athletic Director, SOAR/ Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer,
Rice University R25 '17

Cory Bernstine

Senior Director of Strategy, United Soccer League

Kofi Brown

Senior Director of Global Basketball Brand Communications, adidas

Matt Davis

Head of U.S. Sports Marketing, Anheuser-Busch

Jim Huether

CEO, Hyperice

Adam Johnson

Marketing Manager, Coolray Heating & Air Conditioning, R25 '19

Brette Sadler

Head of Corporate Partnerships, MGM Resorts

Laura Waters-Brown

Senior Manager, The Collective, Wasserman

Bailey Weigel

Digital Platform Manager,
New York Knicks, R25 '18

Jeremy Yarin

Business Operations,
GumGum Sports, R25, '20


How old does the nominee need to be to win the award

25 and under (Born on or after March 23, 1995).

Can I nominate myself?

No. All nominations must be filled out by someone other than the person being nominated.

When are nominations for the award open until?

Nominations are open from February 22 - March 23, 2021.

More questions?

Send an email to paige@frontofficesports.com.

When will winners be notified?

Winners will be notified by the week of April 26, 2021 and publicly announced in May.

Previous Rising 25 Winners

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