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Sports Management Students Head to Pittsburgh For Professional Development Conference

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Posted on Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Students Ashley Chorney, Kevin Cusick and Michael Spencer attended the annual Sport Management Conference at Robert Morris University last semester as part of their new major’s continuing effort to embrace professional development beyond the campus classroom. The conference afforded networking opportunities with such organizations as the San Antonio Spurs, NCAA, Cleveland Cavaliers, Madison Square Garden, Dick’s Sporting Goods corporate and additional professional sports teams. Workshops featured such contemporary issues as sports analytics, digital social media and team sales.

Though Ashley is only in her first year at Westminster she felt compelled to attend to begin networking and to gain further insight on career preparation. Starting early allows her the opportunity to get connected to those in the industry in the specific areas of her internship and job pursuits. She called the conference “eye opening” and encouraged her peers to attend future events to gain new contacts and referrals.

Michael noted how the conference served as a nice complement to the Professional Networking Symposium that Westminster College hosts each year. He thoroughly enjoyed the roundtable discussions and looks to employ the tips offered by those working in the sports business industry in order to become more marketable. He also spoke highly of the chance to make connections and encouraged his peers to attend as many conferences as possible, especially given the competitive nation of the sports management industry.

Students in the Westminster College sports management program will look to continue their travels in 2018 with trips to conferences and career fairs in Pittsburgh and Cleveland during the spring semester, taking advantage of the close proximity of the two metropolitan areas. They also aspire to a summer trip to Washington DC for additional professional development in intercollegiate athletics through the annual NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics) and CoSIDA Conventions (College Sports Information Directors of America).

Though the sports management major is a new one on campus it is quickly growing in popularity due to the College’s dedicated approach to off-campus learning as well as the business-emphasis of the curriculum, the experiential learning opportunities and the career readiness emphasis. Those interested in attending Westminster College and studying sports management should reach out to Dr. Robert Zullo to learn more about the competitive advantage a Westminster College education affords.

For more information, contact Zullo at zullorh@westminster.edu or visit our sports management webpage.