Christina Hovestadt is currently Manager of Community Relations for the National Football League (NFL).
Her story didn't start there, though.
As a former collegiate volleyball player, Christina knew the impact that a teacher and coach could have on a student's life. After a brief stint of working in television news, Christina decided to take her passion for the youth into the classroom and on the court to a high school in Jacksonville, Florida. From passionately teaching students who couldn't pass the state standardized assessment in reading, to showing tough love and motivating players on the court who desperately needed a mentor, encouraging youth quickly became a passion that turned global when she began her work as Executive Director of the Rashad Jennings Foundation - led by former NFL RB and Dancing With The Stars Champ, Rashad Jennings.
After branding programs for NFL players around the 32 teams through the RJF, Christina took a leap of faith and moved to New York City in February to begin her position with the NFL.
Christina is passionate about social justice, philanthropy and using sports for positive social change. Because she's experienced the impact of sports on her own life, she loves to empower players from around the 32 teams to realize the platform they have to make a difference in communities nationwide.
Though she has had the opportunity to speak on many platforms in the sports industry, and the opportunity to speak in schools, in locker rooms and in board rooms, Christina's message is consistent: Live intentionally and activate your life with purpose. Christina is a trusted speaker at public and private schools around the nation, spoke on numerous panels and was a Keynote Speaker at Columbia University. Speaking topics have included: Leadership, activating purpose (variety of topics), Faith-based encouragement, youth ministry and seminars, locker room motivation, race relations amongst youth, life skills & development, and philanthropy and nonprofit management. To book Christina to speak at your conference, school or event in 2018, please contact her via email and be sure to subscribe below for weekly encouragement and updates on her latest events and speaking engagements.
When Christina is not working in sports, she's passionate about empowering women through her women's organization, The Set Apart Women; a sisterhood of women determined to live their lives on purpose.
Christina was named Top 30 Under 30 Future Leaders in Jacksonville, FL in 2013 and most recently received the "Top 30 Leading Women of Jacksonville" award in July 2016.
Christina was born in Jacksonville, FL and currently resides in New York City.