New Talent Added This Week
- By Lauren
- Jul 01, 2020
As cities across the country are experiencing a second wave of shutdowns and setbacks amidst rising cases of COVID-19, the future of the events industry continues to be uncertain. While it feels that we have taken one step forwards and two steps back, there are still exciting developments happening in virtual events, sweepstakes, and talent.
As we continue to expand Engage’s portfolio of exceptional talent, we are excited to welcome this week's new talent to the platform.
As one of the first female basketball players on the platform, Kristi Toliver is a professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. Toliver played her collegiate basketball at the University of Maryland and was drafted with the 3rd overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft. During her rookie season in the WNBA, Toliver signed an endorsement deal with Nike and is a standout player in the league.
As a professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans, Lonzo Ball is the brother of LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball. He played college basketball for one season with the UCLA Bruins, earning consensus first-team All-American honors before the Los Angeles Lakers selected him with the second overall pick of the 2017 NBA draft. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2018. After being traded to New Orleans in 2019, Lonzo is averaging 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists per game in his first season with the squad. The three brothers have been household names in basketball since high school because of their standout talent and their father Lavar's presence in the media.
Marcus Rashford is a professional soccer player for Manchester United of the English Premier League and the English National Team. A Manchester United player from the age of seven, Marcus Rashford scored two goals on both his first-team debut against Midtjylland in the UEFA Europa League in February 2016. He then scored on his England debut in May 2016, becoming the youngest English player to score in his first senior international match. He played at the UEFA Euro 2016 as the tournament's youngest player, and at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
During the lockdown imposed by the British Government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Marcus Rashford teamed up with the food distribution charity FareShare to cover the free school meal deficit for vulnerable children across the UK. Thanks to the incredible effort of Marcus Rashford to influence the u-turn, 1.3 million vulnerable children across the UK were able to continue to receive financial support to access food supplies during the closure of schools during the pandemic. Marcus Rashford has committed himself to combating child poverty in the UK.
Ferguson "Fergie" Jenkins is a Canadian former MLB pitcher who was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1991. Jenkins pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, and Boston Red Sox, but the majority of his career with the Chicago Cubs. Over his 18 professional seasons, Jenkins was named to 3 MLB All-Star teams, won the Cy Young Award in 1971 and his number 31 was retired by the Chicago Cubs. Jenkins was the first Canadian and Cubs pitcher to win a Cy Young Award, and was a 20-game winner for seven seasons, including six consecutive seasons for the Cubs.