CSL Daily

April 18, 2011

ESPN’s Bonnie Bernstein visits with CSL media class

BB_04_4.12.11.jpgOn Tuesday, April 12, 2011, the Center for Sport Leadership welcomed ESPN sports-reporter Bonnie Bernstein. She joined Greg Burton’s Sports Media and Communications to discuss her career path, experiences in the business, and answer questions for students. Bernstein is the current co-host, with Greg Buttle, of 1050 ESPN New York Football Live. She is one of the most recognizable and well-respected names in sports broadcasting.

A native of New Jersey, Bernstein graduated from the University of Maryland, where she was a four-time Academic All-American gymnast. From a small country radio station on the east coast to the bright lights of Reno, Bernstein’s career has taken her all over the country. She joined ESPN in 1995 as its Chicago Bureau Chief, where she covered Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls during their championship run. She also did reports for SportsCenter during the Major League Baseball Playoffs and the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championships.

Bernstein left ESPN for nearly eight years to join CBS, where she was the lead reporter for the NFL and NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships. She contributed to a number of features for a variety of different sports both professional and collegiate. After being diagnosed with a near fatal deep vein thrombosis in 2006, Bernstein knew that she needed to get off the road as much and decided to take some time off.

But it wasn’t long before ESPN came calling again. Bernstein began her second stint with ESPN in 2008 doing studio for the organization out of the New York. In 2009, she was named to the American Sportscasters Associations’ list of Top 15 All-time Female Sportscasters. She was the youngest journalist to have ever received this honor.

Bernstein’s visit to the CSL was an inspiration to all of the students who were present that day. She gave a lot of wonderful advice and entertained with her insider information. “I was inspired by Bonnie’s visit. She is truly an outstanding role model and I learned a great deal from the time we got to spend with her,” said current CSL student Lisa Hauck.

BB_01_4.12.11.jpgThe CSL would like to send out a huge “Thank You” to Bonnie Bernstein for sharing her story, ideas, lessons, and time.

By: Mollie Wallace, CSL Class of 2011

April 14, 2011

CSL Grant Highlighted at People-to-People Exchange

Though it’s easy for sport professionals to acknowledge the power of sport in bringing people together, apparently others are starting to catch on! In early April the second annual high-level U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange was held in Washington, D.C. Co-chaired by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong, the event highlighted sport programming that is helping to bring the two countries together through mutual understanding. As part of the People-to-People meetings, the Center for Sport Leadership’s DISCUSS grant (soccer coaching and life skills training through soccer) was highlighted, along with other sports programming initiatives. Through the DISCUSS program, 12 Chinese soccer coaches traveled to the U.S. in the Summer of 2010, and 6 faculty and coaches associated with VCU and the Richmond Strikers are currently planning to travel to Shanghai, China in July 2011 to complete the training.

Read more about the People-to-People Exchange below: