Program assists former NFL players with deciding if owning, partnering, or investing in a business is a sound career move.

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The Trust, powered by the NFL Players Association, has partnered with Babson College to create a “Basic Training - It’s My Business” program to assist former NFL players with deciding if owning, partnering, or investing in a business is a sound career move.

"Basic Training - It's My Business" Program

The three-day program is designed to assist former players with understanding the role of a business owner, operator, or investor.

The program assists former players with:

  • Assessing their interest in business
  • Recognizing what they already know about running a business
  • Understanding the complexities and challenges of business
  • Discerning their business focus: startup, franchise, partnership, investor, or foundation

​​“Players have a strong belief in themselves,” says Babson Professor Fred Nanni, faculty director. “They know they’ve got to keep pushing. That’s a big part of being a successful entrepreneur.”

The first sessions in this program took place on June 29-July 2 and August 24- 27, 2014, at the Babson Executive Conference Center.



Demand has been strong for these first installments of “Basic Training,” with 50 former players expressing interest in the program's initial 25 slots. In the future, Babson Executive and Enterprise Education will offer another course -- one for former players who already own a business.

During the course of three days, “Basic Training” lays out what starting a business involves. The program hopes to serve as a reality check. “We are very frank with players,” Bahati VanPelt, Executive Director of The Trust, says. “Having a great idea and a great business are two separate things. Just because you like to eat out doesn’t mean you should open a restaurant.”

Learn more about "Basic Training – It’s My Business" program »

About The Trust

The Trust is a set of resources, programs and services designed to provide former players with the support, skills and tools to help ensure success off the field and in life after football. The Trust emerged from the commitment of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and its members to ensure that players are provided access to benefits and services that assist in their success beyond the game of football. It culminates the hard-fought efforts of past and present CBA battles to better serve former NFL players. The Trust offices are located in Washington, DC. For more information, visit

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society—while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

By Barbara Spies Blair,, 781-239-4621 | 06/23/2014 05:00