Q&A with Cameron Wolf and Jake Ray
This week, I had the opportunity to do a question and answer session with Cameron Wolf, Vice President of the Sport Business Club, and Jake Ray, Treasurer of the Sport Business Club. Wolf is a senior Sport Management major and a Business Administration Minor. Ray is a junior Sport Management major with a Business Administration minor.
Question 1: What is Sport Business Club?
Cameron Wolf (CW): “The Sport Business Club was previously the Sport Management Club, then the SMART Club (Sport Management, Athletics, Recreation, and Tourism), and now the SBC due to the switch of the Sport Management major to COBE.”
Jake Ray (JR): “It is a club dedicated to those who want to work in the field of sports. There are 3 main goals for SBC:
- To enhance cultural, intellectual, social and recreational aspects of Sport Management students at Ashland University.
- To facilitate communication between various professional organizations for future benefit.
- To sponsor programs to benefit Sport Management students and the Ashland University student body.”
Question 2: Who can be in Sport Business Club?
CW: “The SBC is for all sport management majors, as well as anyone in the COBE that is interested in being involved in the sports realm. Basically, anyone that is interested in finding opportunities to advance and gain knowledge in the sports industry.”
JR: “Any Sport Management major or minor as well as College of Business and Economics student that is interested in sports.”
Question 3: What is your role in the club?
CW: “My role as the Vice President is to help in the decision making of events and planning. I run the meetings if President, Alex Sheil, is not there as well. As a collective group, the office members coincide and collaborate on many of the ideas pitched or given to us as recommendations for field trips, speakers, etc., and work directly with the club advisor, Dr. Kaltenbaugh, to see any if the recommendations can be achieved. “
JR: “I am the Treasurer. I am in charge of the money aspect of the club. I take care of things such as funding and raising money for the club.”
Question 4: How are you marketing the club?
CW: “We market the club through social media and word of mouth mostly. Many people bring friends and undergraduate students are required to attend meetings by a couple professors, so the word of our events and meetings get around that way.”
JR: “Through the programs that we offer, either through funding (like the dodge ball or kickball events – not just for our major) and by offering trips to events and conventions such as ORSA and NIRSA.”
Question 5: What is the clubs social media presence?
CW: “The club has a Twitter page that gives updates on jobs/internships posted online, meeting dates, among other things. The club previously ran a Facebook page as well, but due to Twitter’s relevance among today’s college students compared to Facebook, that page is not updated as often as Twitter.”
JR: “The club has a Facebook page for people to join, but it is not used very much. We also just created a Twitter page about three weeks ago. We use this page to retweet job and internship postings along with reminders about events and upcoming meetings.”
Question 6: Are there any upcoming SBC events?
CW: “There is a meeting this Wednesday, February 26th so we can touch base with the members of the club on future events taking place before spring break. Also, there is a rough plan to take a trip as a club to a Cleveland Indians game, and hopefully get a tour of the facility. Also, at the end of this semester, the club hosts a kickball game for charity. Come to the meeting [on] Wednesday to find out more!”
JR: “Our Kickball fund raiser will be held on April 23rd. We are also trying to get together a group to possibly go to a Cleveland Indians game as well.”
Charity Kickball 2013
Question 7: Is there anything else you would like to add about SBC?
CW: “The club is a great way to get connected in to the sport industry. Myself, as well as the other officers, have gained connections that could benefit the club and its members in the future. Also, it serves as a good opportunity to get to know some of your future colleagues potentially in the industry. It never hurts to say, ‘Hey I know…from college. We were in the Sport Business Club together.’ You can never make too many contacts and I would encourage everyone interested in learning more about the opportunities in the sports industry to take a few minutes out of your schedule to attend one of our remaining meetings or the kickball game for charity.”
JR: “A professor once told me that ‘We (SM Majors) will always have a job, sports will always be around’ and this club helps lead to these opportunities. Sports are a strong interest to the majority of people today and getting involved in the SBC can lead to many new opportunities. The networking opportunities are endless; the amount of career and job fairs that lead to new opportunities is great. I have to been to a couple [fairs] and have stayed in contact with many of those people who I met. I look to continually build my network. In the sports world, it is all about who you know. Attending a meeting and getting involved with a club like this can lead to so many opportunities!”
If you’re interested in finding out more about the Sport Business Club after hearing all these great opportunities, stop by the next meeting on Wednesday February 26th at 9:00p.m. in room 220 in the Rec Center (the room is subject to change). Also, follow the Sport Business Club on Twitter @ AU_SBC.
Rebecca Plescia, Marketing major and Sport Management minor. She was a member of the Women’s Soccer team and is currently employed with the Ashland University Sports Marketing and Promotions Department.