About the NCPA Executive Director

NCPA President Ramogi Huma

NCPA Executive Director Ramogi Huma became an advocate for college athletes' rights while playing football for UCLA when he founded a student group to give college athletes the means to voice their concerns and secure basic protections in NCAA sports. He started the organization after witnessing the NCAA suspend his All American teammate for eating groceries that were left anonymously on his doorstep when he had no food, and after being informed that the NCAA prevented colleges from paying for medical expenses for injuries that occurred during summer workouts.

The student group evolved into The National College Players Association (NCPA), a 501c3 nonprofit advocacy group.  Huma secured the strong backing of the United Steelworkers and, since its creation, over 20,000 Division I college athletes from over 150 campuses have joined the NCPA.

Huma has held hundreds of meetings with lawmakers and testified in support of college athletes' rights in the United States House of Representatives, state legislatures, and in front of the Los Angeles and Boston City Councils.  He also provided expertise and witnesses to the US Department of Justice regarding its investigation into the NCAA’s 1-year scholarship limit, and served as a consultant in athletes' rights antitrust lawsuits including White v. NCAA, Agnew v. NCAA, O'Bannon v. NCAA, and Jenkins v. NCAA.

Huma has assisted numerous athletes in dealing with deceptive, unfair, and abusive practices on their campus.  Issues have ranged from physical abuse, medical malpractice, unpaid medical expenses, loss of athletic scholarship, and more.   

Huma has co-authored several studies with Drexel University Sport Management professor Ellen  Staurowsky including “The $6 Billion Heist: Robbing College Athletes Under the Guise of Amateurism”. The study estimates that the fair market value of FBS football and men's basketball players is approximately $137k and $289k, respectively; and that the NCAA will deny these athletes approximately $6 billion of their fair market value between 2011-15.

Huma has advocated for college athletes’ rights in countless media outlets including ESPN, Fox Sports, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, CBS, ABC, NBC, 60 Minutes, Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and NPR.

Huma earned the UCLA’s Defensive Rookie of the Year award, and his team won back-to-back conference championships in 1997 and 1998.  He earned a bachelor degree in sociology and a master of public health (MPH) degree at UCLA.

Huma was named one of sports' 50 most influential people in 2006/2007 by ArmchairGM, the 13th of College Football's 25 Most Intriguing People in Suits in 2014 by Yahoo! Sports, and was featured in TIME magazine's 12 New Faces of Black Leadership in 2015.