Nancy began by speaking to us about her volunteering outside of her job at The Mario Lemieux Foundation and her past job history including her first non-profit organization in New York City. She explained to us that when she came to Pittsburgh she was the first employee of the Mario Lemieux Foundation and what she did in order to get the Foundation on its feet. Nancy explained the details about Austin’s playroom and how everything the Foundation in some way relates to Mario Lemieux's life. Finally, Nancy opened questions up to the group and told us all about internships opportunities, their Foundation’s golf event, and much more. It was great to learn about building a company from the bottom-up and about non-profits as a whole. Thank you so much for visiting us, Nancy!
This week, we began with our usual poll question. We then spoke to Ryan Hemsley over FaceTime and he began by speaking about his backstory and how he ended up with the Philadelphia Flyers. We then opened questions up to the group and Ryan answered questions about sales, his experience in the sports industry, and his advice for us all moving forward. Ryan was able to give us all insight into what it is like to start in the sports world due to him only being with the Flyers for about three months and him being in sales. Overall, we all felt that Ryan gave us valuable information many of us are going to use during our careers. Thank you for speaking to us, Ryan!
We began the meeting by congratulating the Kansas City Chiefs on a well-deserved Super Bowl win and continued with a poll on who we all thought will win the Super Bowl next season. We had five student interns on our panel, and Quinn moderated the event. Our panelists started off by introducing themselves with their names, year, major, and internship experience. Next, we asked how they were able to acquire the internship to give members a glimpse of what it takes in order to get an internship. Our final question was how the internship related to what the panelists want to do as a career. We finished off with members being able to ask their own questions about different internship opportunities.
Ryan spoke about his current position at Dick’s Sporting Goods and gave us a background on the corporate side of the Sports Industry, specifically finance. He gave us a brief history of his business experience including his time at GE, which taught members that doing what you love is better than the paycheck. Ryan informed the group about merchandising and the various situations that could occur within it. He finished off by answering many of the questions that we had as a group about merchandising and numerous sports scenarios. Overall, Ryan was able to engage our group greatly and was a great source of information for a side of the sports industry that we generally do not get to learn about. Thank you for speaking to us, Ryan!
On Tuesday, we began our kick-off meeting with a poll question about the upcoming Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs. We then gave an introduction to both new and returning SBA members as to what we do, our mission for the spring semester, details for when and where we meet, paying dues, information about events planned throughout the semester, etc. Overall, the meeting went extremely well and the members were thrilled to meet and get to know each other better!
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!