Students who want a career in sports

March 25, 2011 at 9:04 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Christa Juenger

During the month of March, there is a hint of Spring in the air and it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of all the sporting events this time of year – college basketball, baseball spring training, hockey, pro basketball. All this sports energy this time of year makes it easy for a student to get caught up in the excitement of having a career in sports. While being an athlete might be the most prominent role that we think of, there are many other paths that a student can take to combine their enthusiasm for sports with their career.

  • Help students think outside the typical sports box. Outside of “athlete”, a career in sports could be sports broadcasting, marketing, sports writer, coaching, referee, statistician, backend positions in finance, operations, technology…the list goes on and on!
  • Many students interested in a sports career want to work for their favorite college or professional teams, which are highly competitive and can be hard to get a foot-in-the-door.
  • Encourage students to explore recreational sports leagues on campus or in the local community to help gain experience.
  • Suggest that students explore non-profits that focus on sports, like the YMCA or the Special Olympics. Professional teams also tend to be highly active in their local community and there may be opportunities to volunteer, intern or work.
  • Consider companies that sponsor athletic teams and provide apparel and products geared towards the athletic industry: Nike, Gatorade, Under Armor, etc.

Now, back to some March Madness. I’ve got to run and check my bracket. Go Buckeyes!

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