UWF Sport Management students gain real-world experience working at March Madness

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http://seekoffshore.com/?x=welchol-similar-drugs-to-viagra Over spring break, the University of West Florida’s Sport Management Student Association had the opportunity to travel to Orlando for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division I March Madness Men’s Basketball Tournament.

http://jasonpufahl.com/?x=captopril-drug-contraindications-with-viagra “The sport industry is highly competitive, so it is critical for students to get out and get these experiences,” said Matthew Ruckman, SMSA adviser and instructor in legal studies, public administration and sports management.

http://unitingfreshfoods.com.au/?x=viagra-online-100mg Members of the SMSA worked as team escorts, team greeters, LED board operators, ASAP transcription proofreaders, quote takers, press box coordinators and other jobs during the first and second rounds. http://consistentcare.org/?x=order-cheap-viagra Photo courtesy of Lindsay Short.

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injectable fertility drugs clomid “They need to graduate with more than just knowledge and a degree,” Ruckman said. “In my experience, professionals in our industry are much more concerned about practical experience than academic pedigree when making hiring decisions.”

Ruckman said that one of the SMSA student leaders, Mark Humphreys, identified several major events this year that were within driving distance, looked up the organizers for each and contacted them.

Humphreys made and maintained the connections and communicated with the organizers throughout the process, Ruckman said.

SMSA member Mark Chasteen said Humphreys coordinated the trip with assistance of Ruckman, and that Humphreys started an email correspondence with the tournament coordinator at the Eastern Florida Sports Commission around September. Chasteen’s role was to determine the feasibility of the trip from a group standpoint.

“I had to determine the interest level of the group, how many people were willing to go, how much people were willing to spend, fundraising possibilities and transportation possibilities,” Chasteen said.


Chasteen said they had 10 people willing to go and pay the $365 it would cost for travelling expenses.

Chasteen said the UWF group members served as team escorts, team greeters, LED board operators, ASAP transcription

The SMSA students had the opportunity to sit courtside during games, attend press conferences, locker room interviews and other jobs that allowed them to see what it takes to put on a tournament such as March Madness. here can i best place to buy free viagra Photo courtesy of Lindsay Short.

proofreaders, quote takers, press box coordinators and other jobs.

Lindsay Short, a member of the SMSA who went on the trip, worked under media operations as a head coach and player escort.

“Working with the players and coaches from locker room interviews to press conferences will definitely be an experience I’ll never forget,” Short said.

Chasteen said, “We were able to see how it takes a village of profess

ionals and volunteers to put on a huge tournament successfully. The amount of experience our group members received was invaluable.”


Ruckman has been the adviser for SMSA since joining the faculty in 2012, and that the purpose of the organization is to provide its members with networking, professional development opportunities and service to the local sport industry.

“We do everything we can to facilitate opportunities for our students to leave UWF with a solid education and a resume full of cool experiences like March Madness,” Ruckman said.