Sports journalist Geoff Calkins to moderate discussion on the state of Memphis sports

Memphis Library Foundation hosts a panel to discuss state of Memphis sports community, moderated by journalist Geoff Calkins 

The Memphis Library Foundation is hosting its annual Cocktails and Conversation panel discussion and fundraiser, taking place on Friday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, located at 3030 Poplar Ave. With a focus on the Memphis athletic community, the event titled “The Business of Sport: Memphis Athletics From Peewee to Pro” will feature four leaders in Memphis sports organizations with Geoff Calkins, sports columnist at The Daily Memphian, moderating.

Participating in the panel are:

  • Adam Walker, executive associate athletic director, University of Memphis
  • Faith Walker, head coach, Memphis Inner City Rugby
  • Jason Wexler, president, Memphis Grizzlies
  • Jonathan Torres, president and chief executive officer, Memphis Athletic Ministries

“This dynamic panel discussion explores the sports world’s advantages and its challenges for athletes and their communities,” said Christine Weinreich, executive director of the Memphis Library Foundation. “Audiences will gain valuable insights from the experiences and advice of this diverse group of panelists as they discuss the role of sports in economics, race, gender and societal responsibility. And with his extensive knowledge in athletics, I’m confident that Geoff Calkins will drive thoughtful conversations that will be engaging and top-of-mind for all attendees.”

Tickets for the fundraising event start at $150 and include hors d’oeuvres and one drink ticket. VIP admission starting at $350 includes a meet-and-greet with the panelists at 5:30 p.m., recognition in the event program,  and a special thank-you gift. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting, or Cocktails & Conversation 2022.

Proceeds from the event will benefit a variety of programs and resources for Memphis Public Libraries, including the opening of Teen Innovation Centers for branches to engage with local youth, a new Continuing Education program for adults to advance their careers, and a range of arts and technology programs for seniors to stay active and engaged.

About Memphis Library Foundation:

The Memphis Library Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 1994, chartered as the Foundation for the Library. Its mission is to enhance the 18 Memphis Public Libraries by securing funding through grants and private support. For more information about Memphis Library Foundation, please visit

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