Adonis “Sporty” Jeralds is currently a full time senior clinical instructor at the University of South Carolina and also works in Community Relations with the NBA Charlotte Hornets. Mr. Jeralds is a native of Fayetteville, NC, and attended Guilford College where he graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice. He has a master’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill in Public Administration and a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts in Sport Management. Mr. Jeralds began his career in public assembly venue management at the Hampton Coliseum in Virginia, and then accepted a position at the Charlotte Coliseum as Assistant Manager. In 1990 he became Manager of the Charlotte Coliseum, a position he held for 15 years. In that position Mr. Jeralds oversaw the day-to-day operations, managed a $12 million operating budget, and a staff of over 60 full-time and six hundred part-time employees. Mr. Jeralds is certified by the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) as a Certified Venue Executive (CVE), a designation currently awarded to approximately 350 worldwide. During his career, Mr. Jeralds has helped coordinate such internationally recognized events as the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Four, NBA All-Star Weekend, a visit by Mother Teresa, and a variety of major concerts. Mr. Jeralds is the author of four successful books, The Champion In You, Let Your Light Shine, Follow The Bouncing Ball and From The Locker Room To The Classroom. In 2006, he was awarded the Harold J. VanderZwaag Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Sport Management Department at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. In 2018, he was awarded the IAVM Education and Service Award and in 2019 was the recipient of the Harry E. Varney Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award, College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management—University of South Carolina. Mr. Jeralds and his wife Teresa are the proud parents of Jazmine and Jacob.

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