Obama to appear on ESPN town hall

Obama to appear on ESPN town hall
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President Obama will appear before a primetime audience on sports broadcasting giant ESPN next week, when he participates in a student forum at a historically black university in North Carolina. 
ESPN in hosting the hour-long event, titled “A Conversation with The President: Sports, Race and Achievement,” at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C., the network announced Tuesday.
SportsCenter anchor Stan Verrett will moderate the discussion and Obama will also take questions from the audience. 
“We are honored to host this townhall featuring the president at one of the leading historically black universities in the country,” said Kevin Merida, editor in chief of The Undefeated, which publishes content from an African-American perspective.
“We expect a vibrant conversation about the present and the future, and about the challenges facing black students,” he added. 
The event is also an opportunity for Obama to appear in a key battleground state less than a month before Election Day. 
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Obama, however, is participating in next Tuesday’s event in an official capacity. 
The forum is being held in conjunction with the president’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, which helps young men and boys of color gain access to job, education and mentoring opportunities.