Sport Management Association
The Sport Management Association student club is for motivated students seeking to enhance and transform their undergraduate experience. Members of this highly engaged group design and create opportunities to network with and be mentored by industry professionals, tour sport facilities, and socialize with other students. Executive leadership opportunities available including President (Sam Geida), Vice President of Administration (Brian Stuart), Vice President of Communication (Annie Borovskiy), Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations (Sebby Giliberto), Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations (Camille West), Creative Director (Kyle Shelley), Secretary (Shania Peterson-Bobbitt), Student Government Association (SGA) Lead Representative (Brandon Tuthill), and Student Government Association (SGA) Representative (JP Grace and Sam Orseno).
Visit with Cynt Marshall - Dallas Mavericks CEO
Cynt Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, serves as HPU’s Sports Executive in Residence. In this role, Marshall visits campus each semester and helps students understand how to navigate complex organizational situations and use communication to bring people together. These are the life skills that set our students apart when they enter their careers in the sport industry. You could even be chosen to have lunch with Cynt!
We kickoff each year by getting all the Sport Management majors and minors together to hear important and exciting information about the upcoming year. We also invite a sport industry professional to speak about their experiences in the sport industry and network with students in attendance. Previous speakers include David Brody (Director of Global Marketing Partnerships at the NBA) and C.J. Johnson (President and Director of Baseball Operations at the Winston-Salem Dash). We welcomed Rebecca Reese, Product Operations Professional at Under Armour, to our Kick-Off this year! This is always an engaging event where students are able to kick off the semester by meeting other Sport Management students, learning from professionals, and expanding their network!
Sport Business Conferences
The Sport Management Association aims to attend two conferences a year. Previous groups have attended the Sport Industry Networking & Career Conference (SINC) hosted by George Washington University and the Mark H. McCormack Sport Leaders Forum hosted by UMass-Amherst. Students have also attended conferences at Florida State University and Penn State University, as well as the NFL Combine Football Career Conference and the Sports, Events, & Marketing Experience. Be sure to join these conference trips to make connections with leaders in the sport industry!
Students tour local facilities in both collegiate in professional athletics giving them an opportunity to not only see these incredible facilities but also interact with sport professionals. For instance, SMA recently took students to Duke University where they listened to an exciting panel with five members of the Duke University Athletics staff, including multiple HPU alumni. After the panel, the students received a behind-the-scenes tour of the football stadium, football practice facility, basketball arena, basketball practice facility, athletics hall of fame, as well as their media and production offices. These are the types of opportunities that set HPU apart!