Men’s Basketball to Co-Sponsor Harvard IOP Discussion with Clark Kellogg and Tom McMillen

Clark Kellogg and Tom McMillen dribble the ball for Ohio State and Maryland, respectively
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the fourth-consecutive year, the Harvard men's basketball program is partnering with the Harvard Institute of Politics (IOP) to bring highly-distinguished speakers to the IOP Forum. This year, college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg, former congressman Tom McMillen and activist Brittany Packnett will take part in an event titled "The Growing Empowerment and Activism of the Modern Athlete." The discussion will be moderated by Peter Carfagna '75, a lecturer at Harvard Law School, and will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m.

"We are honored to have Clark, Tom, Brittany and Peter join Harvard basketball, the Institute of Politics, and the entire Harvard community for this special event," said Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball. "Our annual collaboration with the IOP has consistently been one of the most meaningful and inspirational for our players, and is an essential part of our program's ongoing commitment to developing 'Scholars AND Ballers'.

Harvard men's basketball remains committed to providing its student-athletes with multifaceted experiences in the program, as this is the fourth year the team has participated with the IOP. Past speakers and moderators in this annual tradition for the program include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, professor Skip Gates, Dr. Harry Edwards, James Brown '73, Arne Duncan '87 and David Gergen.

 "I am thrilled to be able to join the Harvard basketball program and the Institute of Politics for this event," said Kellogg. "Coach Amaker and the IOP have developed a terrific tradition that I am looking forward to being a part of. Tom McMillen and Peter Carfagna's experience and wisdom will make this a wonderful experience for the Harvard community."  

Kellogg is the lead college basketball analyst for CBS Sports, where he has worked since 1993. He was a standout forward on the basketball team at Ohio State, where he was the Big Ten Most Valuable Player in 1982. Later that summer, he was a top-10 selection in the NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers, where he averaged 18.9 points per game across five seasons. He spent thirty-two years with the Pacers organization in total, later serving as the team's Vice President of Player Relations from 2010-14. Clark has also served on The Ohio State Alumni Association Board and The Ohio State Board of Trustees.

"I am excited to partner with Harvard basketball and the Kennedy School of Government for their ongoing series of speakers at the JFK Forum," added McMillen. "It has become a tremendous annual event that I am honored to participate in. Clark Kellogg is someone I am eager to discuss all of the issues surrounding today's modern athlete with."

The Honorable Tom McMillen is the current President and CEO of the LEAD1 Association, which represents the athletic directors and programs of the Football Bowl Subdivision. A former congressman from Maryland's fourth district, where he served from 1987-93, McMillen served on the Energy & Commerce Committee. After leaving Congress, he was the Chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports from 1993-97 under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Prior to his career in politics, McMillen was the ninth overall selection in the 1974 NBA Draft after earning All-America and Academic All-America honors at the University of Maryland. He was only the second high school student to ever appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and was the top high school prospect in the country in 1970. His NBA career spanned 11 seasons, where he averaged 8.1 points per game for Atlanta, Washington, Buffalo and New York, while he represented the United States in the 1972 Olympic games. McMillen was a Rhodes Scholar in 1974. 

Joining Kellog and McMillen will be educator, activitst and author Brittany Packnett. A fall 2018 fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics, Packnett has established a powerful voice advocating for social change and empowerment. The Washginton University gradute authored the book 'We Are Like Those Who Dream, with One World', which is set to hit stands later this year. Packnett is involved in many projects that aim to educate the youth on empowerment, social impact and leadership. She has appeared in numerous publications for her movement efforts, and was named one of Marie Claire's 50 Most Influential Women for the past two years. President Barack Obama called Packett a leader whose "voice is going to be making a difference for years to come."  

Carfagna is Chairman/CEO of Magis, LLC, a privately owned sports marketing, management and investment company, including family ownership of the Lake County Captains, Cleveland Indians Class A Affiliate. At Harvard Law School, he is Faculty Advisor to the Harvard Law School's Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law and its Journal on Sports and Entertainment Law. He is a former letterwinner for the Harvard football team, and was a Rhodes Scholar in 1975, at the same time as McMillen.