The sport management field is new to the College of Business at Ashland University. Sports and business go hand in hand, so the sport management joining the College of Business is a key move. Check out the Ashland’s College of Business at: https://www.ashland.edu/cobe/.
Sports comprise nearly a $500 billion annual industry. The job market in the sport business world from 2008-2018 is expected to increase by twenty- three percent. There is a wide variety of jobs available in the sport business world, ranging from managing college and professional athletes to office systems, to marketing and event and facilities, even economics and finance.
In February 2014, six Sport Management students volunteered to work at a United States Tennis Association (USTA) even that was held in Cleveland, Ohio.
These students experienced many important aspects of sport management such as media, credentialing, operations, transportation, VIP/hospitality and many others. The sport management students worked alongside the USTA staff and the International Tennis Federation. Some of the students said that they, “gained a whole new respect for event planners and the amount of effort and time that goes into the behind the scenes.”
Doug Wenger, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at OMNOVA Solutions, a global manufacturing company headquartered in Northeast Ohio, said that “they were on time, attentive, respectful and outstanding ambassadors of sports, international relations, our community and your respective university.” The students also got along with different age groups and interacted well with the public.
To see more about the Sport Management majors’ volunteer work, check out: https://www.ashland.edu/cobe/node/40356
Sport Management Field Day
Sunday Fun day Field Day was held on April 6, 2014. This event is run strictly by Sport Management students. Every year, students in the Event Management class plan the Sunday Fun day Field Day for class credit. The Sport Management students are in charge of everything, from the games they play to sponsors for the event.
Last year’s games, selected by the Sport Management students, included sand volleyball, kickball, capture the flag, and relay races. The sport Management students typically conduct a survey to determine what games should be played during the event.
Planning an event like this is great experience for Sport Management students. It helps the students get hands-on practice of being Event Planners. It gives the students the opportunities to grow and learn from their mistakes.
To see more about the Sunday Fun day Field day check out: https://www.ashland.edu/cobe/node/40361#overlay-context=major
Balil Knight is a senior majoring in Sport Management and minoring in Marketing and Business Administration at Ashland University. He is also a member of the fraternity Omega Psi Phi and the Ashland university Football team.