A group of five graduate students and two faculty members from WKU’s School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport (KRS) attended the Sports Career Workshop Feb. 20-21 at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
The seminar, which is produced by Sports Management Worldwide (SMWW), provides a chance for young professionals to learn about a variety of careers in sport while offering attendees the unparalleled opportunity to network with head coaches, general managers, directors of player personnel, scouts, ESPN writers, sports agents, former professional athletes and more.
Josh Jones of Murray, a graduate student in the Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Administration (RSA), found the conference to be a great learning and networking experience. “The whole experience pushed me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to speak with others with confidence and enabled me to network with key executives in the world of sport,” Jones said.
“I left this conference with a new view on my future,” said Sherrice Dubose, RSA graduate student from Nashville, Tennessee.
The experience showed her that while being a female entering the sport industry may not be easy, she is perfectly capable of handling any job thrown at her. “I think that keynote speaker Jen Mueller, a sports reporter for ROOT Sports, said it best when she noted that if we are worried about being a woman in the industry then we are worrying about the wrong things,” Dubose said.
Dr. Evie Oregon, one of the faculty advisors for the conference trip, noted that there is only so much that one can teach students in a traditional classroom setting. “Opportunities for our students to network and have sit down conversations with top agents, NFL general managers and icons such as Tony Dungy is absolutely invaluable,” she said.
Other WKU students who attended the workshop were Andre Farrell and Desmond Davidson, both of Louisville, and Rachel McDivitt of Lexington. WKU faculty who coordinated the experience were Dr. Oregon, KRS assistant professor, and Lauren McCoy, visiting assistant professor.
Travel costs and workshop registration fees were covered for each WKU student through funding by the School of KRS.
About SMWW: The vision of Sports Management Worldwide is to revolutionize the sports agent industry into one where agents, in addition to providing excellent representation, have a positive impact on the athletes they represent. SMWW works to achieve this goal in two ways: As a provider of sports management education, we strive to prepare a new generation of athlete representatives with knowledge, critical thinking, ethics, integrity, skills, and the passion to succeed. As a full functioning sports agency, we offer our clients an array of services from financial to contractual to personal consulting, enabling them to more fully focus on their craft. For information on SMWW, visit http://www.sportsmanagementworldwide.com/.
Contact: Dr. Evie Oregon, (270) 745-2080 or firstname.lastname@example.org