Houston, TX – Texas Southern University has named Kevin Warren, Chief Operating Officer of the Minnesota Vikings, as the inaugural recipient of the Texas Southern University Pioneer Award, which will be presented by Texas Southern University alumnus Tony Wyllie, Sr. Vice President of Communications for the Washington Redskins. The award will be presented Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the George R. Brown Convention Center – George Bush Ballroom.
The event is closed to the public.
“I am honored and humbled to receive the inaugural Texas Southern University Pioneer Award,” Warren said.
“I am keenly aware of the sacrifices others made before me to give me the opportunity to work and excel in the National Football League. This award is extra special for its affiliation with Texas Southern University – a University with graduates who have contributed immensely to Texas and the United States in all fields, including law, medicine, music, politics, sports and education. I will do my best to honor Texas Southern University and this award on a daily basis and continue to work hard in the National Football League, for the Vikings, for my family and for my community.”
Proceeds from the Texas Southern University Pioneer Award reception will benefit Texas Southern University’s Graduation Success Scholarship fund (a 501 (c) (3)). This fund assists students who are in their final semester of class work to graduate. This will be an annual award that will take place Super Bowl weekend in each respective host city.
“Kevin is deserving of this award,” Wylie said. “His promotion as the highest ranking African American National Football League team executive is a testament to his talents and work ethic that he has displayed throughout his 19-year NFL career. The fact that my alma mater, Texas Southern University, is benefitting from Kevin’s success makes this award extra special.”
“We are grateful that Tony Wyllie, a proud Texas Southern University alumnus, was instrumental in bringing this award to Texas Southern,” said TSU President Austin Lane. On behalf of the TSU family I would like to congratulate Kevin for the excellent example he has set for our students to model themselves after. We know that our students will benefit greatly from this annual award.”
Entertainment will be provided by the world renowned TSU Jazz Ensemble. For more information, email texassouthernpioneerawards@