Established in 2017, the Front Office Sports Rising 25 Award has become one of the most competitive and prestigious awards in sports business. Former Rising 25 winners have gone on to start companies, lead departments and shape the industry as we know it.
This year, we received nearly 500 nominations highlighting young professionals whose drive to succeed – even in a year of uncertainty – inspired us. They crushed it in the workplace and carried that spirit “off the field” by championing philanthropic causes and advocating for diversity and inclusion.
This fall, we’ll honor the winners in a virtual celebration that pays homage to the decade they were born – the ’90s – which also happens to be filled with some of the most unforgettable sporting moments.
Grab your snapbacks and kicks, and meet our “Dream Team” – the Rising 25 Class of 2021.
Associate Athletic Director, SOAR/ Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer,
Rice University R25 '17
Senior Director of Strategy, United Soccer League
Senior Director of Global Basketball Brand Communications, adidas
Head of U.S. Sports Marketing, Anheuser-Busch
Marketing Manager, Coolray Heating & Air Conditioning, R25 '19
Head of Corporate Partnerships, MGM Resorts
Senior Manager, The Collective, Wasserman
Digital Platform Manager,
New York Knicks, R25 '18
GumGum Sports, R25, '20
Winners are selected through two rounds of judging.
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:
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.