SJGC Student Film Defy the Odds named finalist for Coca-Cola HBCU Student Production Grant

Last updated on May 19th, 2023 09:32 am

School of Journalism and Graphic Communication students Jonathan David, Breché DaValt, Aliya Chanté Everett, and Tristan Hutton are headed to New York City next week for the 44th Sports Emmy Awards ceremony. Their  film, “Defy the Odds” was named as a finalist for the Coca-Cola HBCU Student Production Grant. 

The Foundation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), in partnership with The Coca-Cola Company created the HBCU Grant. It is awarded to Historically Black College or University (HBCU) students enrolled in their school’s journalism or media production program with a focus on sports broadcasting.

“Defy the Odds” covers the challenges of making it to the NFL while competing at an HBCU. With two players ranked in NCAA’s Top 10 HBCU poll, the Rattlers look to have a player drafted for the first time in 10 years. Films from students attending Morgan State University, Alabama State University, Delaware State University and Stillman College were also named finalists. 

Grant winners will be announced during the Sports Emmy Awards on Monday, May 22 in New York City. The show will be streamed live and can be seen through The EMMYS App at 7 P.M. EST: Learn more about the Coca-Cola HBCU Sports Productions Grant here.