Early on Sunday morning, fourteen of our members volunteered at the EQT Pittsburgh Ten Miler race. Every year SBA helps set up water and Gatorade stations, and then we hand out the liquids to runners as they pass by. It's always a great time at the race, and we love helping out the runners!
On October 12th, ten members from our club traveled to Robert Morris University for their fifteenth annual Sports Management Career Summit. Many different professional sports teams were present including the Pirates, Penguins, Steelers, Nets, Pistons, and few others. Our members got the chance to network and make meaningful connections with professionals from these sports teams. Overall, it was a great opportunity to learn more about what it takes to work in the sports business industry!
At tonight's meeting, our special guest was Alex Kline. Alex is currently an Offensive Coaching Assistant for the University of Pittsburgh football team. He began as a football recruiting assistant at Pitt but quickly transitioned to a coaching role. Not only did Alex speak to us about his career, he also talked about what it takes to work in an industry like sports. After his presentation, Alex was able to answer some of the questions our members had about his job and Pitt football in general. As a club we'd like to thank Alex for speaking to us earlier this evening!
October 10th: A Skype call with Chris Cappella, the In-Game Social Media Coordinator the New York Mets
During Wednesday's meeting, we were able to have Chris Cappella, the In-Game Social Media Coordinator for the New York Mets, join us via Skype call! Chris started his position with the Mets in February this year. He posts all of the content on the Mets social media accounts. During the call, Chris told us how he landed his current position, and the path he took to get there. He put an emphasis on the fact that it's all about "who you know" and if it wasn't for his connections, he would never have had the opportunity to work for his favorite Major League Baseball team. He then went on to open the floor to questions and our members got to ask Chris more specific questions about his job. As a club, we'd like to thank Chris for taking the time out of his day to speak to us last week!
Last Friday, SBA hosted their annual charity flag football tournament. The tournament hosted six teams, consisting of players from various Pitt student organizations, in a double elimination style tournament. After ten exciting football games, the victorious team was DECA. Pitt DECA is a student organization that focuses on leadership and entrepreneurship across business disciplines. We'd like to congratulate them on their victory and also thank everyone who came out on Friday to contribute to a great cause!
At last Wednesday's meeting, we had some very special guests. Tina Nellis, Erinn McGuire, and Katie Shockley of the Pittsburgh Pirates front office, as well as SBA alumni Angela Manton and Mark Strine, came in to help our members strengthen their resumes. We kicked off the meeting by providing dos and don'ts to consider when creating or revising your resume. Then we put our members into smaller groups to get one-on-one feedback from each of our special guests. As a club we'd like to thank Tina, Erinn, Katie, Angela, and Katie for joining us at last week's meeting.
September 19th: Rebecca Burkhardt, Ticket Sales & Retention Account Executive for the Pittsburgh Steelers
At last Wednesday's meeting our guest speaker was Rebecca Burkhardt! Rebecca currently works for the Pittsburgh Steelers as their Ticket Sales and Retention Account Executive. She opened up the meeting by talking about the path she took to her current position and then followed up by explaining what she does in her current role. She also talked about the daily tasks of her interns and noting that internships with the Steelers would be available in the spring and the summer. Rebecca wrapped up the meeting by opening the floor to questions and telling us all of the useful tips she had for getting started in the sports business industry. As a club we'd like to give a huge thank you to Rebecca for speaking at Wednesday's meeting!
At Wednesday's meeting, our special guest was Ali Hoesly. Ali is the new Director of Basketball Operations for the women's basketball team at Pitt. She is in charge of everything from facilitating team travel to making sure that every player has a pair of sneakers to play in. She strives to make a positive impact on players lives and to assist them in succeeding off and on the court. Not only did Ali speak on behalf of her position, she also offered many great tips on how to work your way up in the sports business field. Our members gained a lot of useful knowledge from Ali through the stories of her experiences, and as a club we'd like to send her a huge thank you for speaking at our meeting!
Earlier today, a group of our members went on a site visit to Heinz Field. Taylor Goodman from the Club Events Department and Mary Malanos from the Guest Experience Department were our hosts for the tour. Our visit began with a short Q and A where our members were able to introduce themselves and then ask Taylor and Mary questions about their jobs. Afterwards, they took us around the facility, allowing us to see both the Steelers and Pitt's locker rooms. We also got to see the press box, and even got to go out on the field. We'd like to give a huge thanks to Taylor, Mary, and the rest of the crew at Heinz Field for hosting us!