Alum knocks community involvement out of the park

Thyran Nowden '15 excels in sport management role with Akron RubberDucks

by Rachel Szabo
thyran nowdenEach year, the Akron based nonprofit Mothers On A Mission highlights outstanding community members during their annual MLK Drum Major Awards. The event recognizes community leaders and organizations that have shown exemplary service and commitment to further the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This year’s Community and Civic Engagement award honored BGSU Alum Thyran Nowden.
Nowden graduated from BGSU in 2015 with a degree in sport management. He was involved in Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Sport Management Alliance, Residence Life, Falcon Fanatics and BG Kings, along with serving as an orientation leader and within the community.
Nowden accepted the award on behalf of his involvement with Black Girls Rock, a group of African-American women that wants to make a difference in the African-American community by educating Black youth and celebrating the history and success of African-American women.  
“This award means everything to me,” he said. “One of my favorite things to do is serve and make a difference in the community.”
The Shaker Heights native attended many RubberDucks games as a child and said he was entertained by the team’s great show. This encouraged Nowden to join the RubberDucks family in 2017.
As an account executive, Nowden found a way to connect the African-American community with the Akron community.
Black Girls Rock -- Akron's Family Day Event -- was held in July 2018 at Canal Park, home of the RubberDucks. All revenue from the event was donated by the Black Girls Rock to help black youth in the Greater Akron Area.
The Akron RubberDucks are looking to bring the Black Girls Rock back to the ballpark this season