Sport Management Majors Wrap up Work Experience at Epic Super Bowl LI
For the fifth straight year, Baldwin Wallace University sport management majors had the opportunity to get a taste of their chosen profession at the granddaddy of all sporting events, the Super Bowl, and this year's game was an epic, record-setting affair.
A group of 32 students, alumni and faculty made the trip to Houston to work Super Bowl LI, providing credentialed, game day support at VIP events in and around NRG Stadium, and helping to stage The NFL Experience for fans in the week leading up to the big game.
Making the rounds
Beyond the work experience, the BW contingent took in a Houston Rockets NBA game and held Q&A/networking sessions with the front office staff from the Rockets, Major League Baseball’s Astros and Division I powerhouse Texas A&M where BW graduate, Thomas Dick ‘96, brother of sport management professor Tony Dick, serves as assistant director of media relations.
Not their first rodeo
At least a dozen of the students are coming off a similar experiential learning journey, traveling to Tampa in early January as 40 BW students, alumni and faculty worked the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship, Outback Bowl and Florida Cup while networking with professionals from the Bay Area’s elite sports teams.
A number of the students also have been part of BW’s previous Super Bowl journeys but BW sport management professor Charles Campisi, Ph.D., who earned his own Super Bowl ring as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers front office, says the experience never gets old.
“Our students get the chance to experience Super Bowl week and game day from behind the scenes, and to gain an understanding of what it takes to plan, organize and execute a true sports spectacle," said Campisi.
In the Media
Before the students departed for Houston on Tuesday, January 31, they sat down with several media outlets including WJW Fox-8, WOIO 19/43, WTAM radio, the Chronicle-Telegram, Times Recorder and Times Reporter.