Thanks to our tremendous relationship with the Pittsburgh Pirates B.U.C.S Academy, we were once again able to bring in a speaker from their team for the fourth straight semester. Jon Ketzlach, a Duquesne alumnus, is entering his fourth year working for the Pirates. As an account executive in the season ticket and retention department Jon gave our members his unique perspective on sales and why sales are a great career path in the sport industry. Jon in typical B.U.C.S Academy tradition stressed the importance of LinkedIn and growing your professional network and brand.
SBA hosted the third annual dodgeball tournament on Friday, February 24th at the Bellefield Hall Gym. Pitt AMA won the double elimination tournament against other organizations and groups of friends. Teams consisted of six to seven players per team. Each player donated $5 to the Urban Impact Foundation, a Pittsburgh non-profit who helps underprivileged kids play sports and other activities. Overall, $250 was raised from the dodgeball tournament. SBA added the additional $200 raised from December’s basketball tournament and a total of $450 was donated to Urban Impact.
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Since SBA already has numerous members interning with Pitt Athletics, they have been asking us to promote their Academy for Sports Marketing Internship. We decided to invite SBA alumnus Joe Lassi, a Marketing Coordinator with Pitt Athletics, to come and speak about the internship and the opportunities that the internship experience offers. Joe discussed what an average day as an intern looks like and what the job entails. He then had the three current SBA members with Sports Marketing internships discuss personal experiences on the job.
We also invited our former SBA president Lexi Bovalino to come in and do a professional workshop. Lexi is a Professional Development Consultant for Pitt Business. In the Tafel Center she holds appointments with students to edit resumes or cover letters, practice for interviews, or work online on LinkedIn or CBA Connect. With us, Lexi had an informational presentation on resumes – what to include and what to avoid. She had many useful tips, including the idea of an extended resume on hand, which makes it easier to customize a resume for a certain employer. Having Lexi join us was a fantastic opportunity for our members to think about and improve upon their resumes for future applications.
Bear Davis is the Vice President and Head Coach of the Ohio Machine, a professional lacrosse team in the MLL. We were fortunate enough to have Bear Skype in with us since the Machine’s MLL season was already under way. Hearing Bear’s humble roots was truly incredible. A football player at a small Division II school, Bear wanted to pursue a career in sports but struggled to find the resources at his school. So, Bear took it upon himself and did an independent study where he started a lacrosse program at a local high school. From there he went on to start Wheeling Jesuit University’s lacrosse program and then onto a successful stint at Robert Morris’s. Bear’s perspective on the sports industry is one of a kind since he is not only a head coach but also in the front office of a small market sports franchise. Bear attributes much of his current success to the humble lessons and skills he learned at the beginner level of the sports industry. His message to SBA was one of dedication and hard work. Take your opportunities in sports and make the most of it with a positive attitude. Having a speaker such as Bear was one our members will never forget and we hope one day SBA can make it out to a Machine game at their brand-new lacrosse only facility and stadium.