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.