Toni Collins '07 to Moderate Schooler Lecture featuring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

March 21, 2017

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union has announced that ESPN SportsCenter News Anchor and 2007 Mount Union alumna Antonietta “Toni” Collins will back on campus to moderate the Schooler Lecture featuring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on April 4, 2017 at 8 p.m. in the Peterson Field House of the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

Collins, who graduated from the University of Mount Union in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in media studies and a minor in sport management, was previously a production assistant at Univision in Miami, Florida. She also worked with the CBS Sports Radio affiliate in St. Petersburg, Florida as a production assistant and sports reporter.

In 2009, Collins accepted her first on-camera job as news reporter for Univision’s Noticias 48/FOX2 news team at the dual language station in McAllen, Texas. During this time, she covered stories on immigration and drug trafficking on both sides of the Texas/Mexico border and filled in as sports and weather anchor.

Collins joined ESPN in September 2013 as part of the digital media team. Her role expanded to enterprise reporting and interviews for features as well as guest-hosting ESPN’s Baseball Tonight. In addition, Collins hosted One Nación on ESPN Deportes. She moved to her current role in February of 2016 when the morning lineup of SportsCenter was revamped.

Collins has also worked as a sports anchor and reporter for Deportes 23, Univision’s Dallas, Texas affiliate, where she covered the NBA postseason and finals, Major League Baseball’s American League Division Series, American League Championship Series, and World Series, the Dallas Cowboys, FC Dallas, and the Dallas Stars. She also produced and anchored Univision 23’s local sports show Accion Deportiva Extra.

This year’s Schooler Lecture at Mount Union will feature Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s "It's All about the Rebound," during which he'll discuss his life successes and the many obstacles he had to overcome along the way including racism; criticism from the press and his peers; anti-Muslim sentiments; professional struggles as an NBA player, coach, and television commentator; and being taken seriously as a writer.

Interest in this year's Schooler Lecture has been unprecedented, and ticket requests have exceeded the capacity of the Timken Gymnasium, where the event is typically held. As a result, for the first time in the history of the series, the Schooler Lecture will be moved from the gymnasium to the Peterson Field House, which brings the total seating capacity for the event to 5,000.

To request tickets, contact the University of Mount Union’s Office of Alumni Engagement at (330) 829-6120 or by email at

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