SBA was extremely excited to partner with AMA to host DICK’S Sporting Goods for a movie night for our two organizations. Nick Rivers (University Relations), Frank Igrec (Director of Creative, Marketing), and Rebecca Covington (Senior Manager, Brand Producer) came from DSG to explain a little of what they do and to play Keepers of the Game, a movie produced by their company.
DSG’s recent “Sports Matter” initiative focuses on the alarming decline in high school sport team funding and existence across the country. Keepers of the Game follows the story of an all-Native girl’s lacrosse team in New York facing a struggle to gain community support for their team in a sport that was typically reserved for men.
The end of the movie shows the team receiving a surprise from DSG of all new equipment as well as a generous financial donation to the team.
As a group that values sports and the lessons learned from playing, this movie left a lasting impact on SBA members. It was interesting to discuss the movie afterward and to realize how prevalent this problem is in the country. We hope to continue using our great relationships with these organizations to hold more joint events in the future.
Hillary Koller is the Study Abroad Internship Manager for Pitt Business and was gracious enough to come in to discuss the study abroad process. Since multiple members were interested in applying for the “SBA in Sydney” experience, it was very useful for them to have the ability to ask any questions they had in an informal setting. Hillary also explained how to earn scholarships as well as tips and tricks for when members are there.
Amy Badorf is the Director of Eligibility and Compliance for Pitt Athletics and was another unique speaker for SBA this semester, as we had never heard from a speaker in this area of work before. Members really enjoyed asking questions about eligibility because many of them have friends on athletic scholarships either here at Pitt or a different school. Amy has had experience as an athlete at the DIII level, an employee in the eligibility department at a DIII school, and now experience with a DI institution here at Pitt. It was extremely interesting to hear about the processes that schools and athletes have to go through each year and how the requirements differ across levels of competition (DI, DII, DIII).