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November 27, 2015

Get To Work… Adaptive Sports

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One of the most unique aspects of the Center for Sport Leadership at VCU is the opportunity to provide students with a year of real-world experience while simultaneously earning a master’s degree. Each Friday, we will be showcasing one of our current students, highlighting their graduate assistantship within the Richmond sports community. 

The season of giving is here and what better way to celebrate than to learn a little bit about Alison Zacharias and her GA position with Sportable. Sportable provides sport and recreational opportunities for those with physical disabilities and visual impairments. Alison is a program assistant and primarily helps the small staff12246741_10153296686419366_206943965830953116_n (only 3 full time!) with program and event development to help put on events such as Paralympic experience days and the 12 sports that the organization supports during the year.

Zacharias was an exercise science major at her undergraduate university, UNCW, for which she took an adaptive physical education class where she fell in love with working with those with special needs in the sports field. Her senior year she worked with the only adaptive physical education teach in Wilmington and after graduation she was one of four interns to work with Challenge Aspen, Colorado, to provide similar help to her position at Sportable.

So far, Zacharias has had an eventful experience at Sportable, but has a couple of favorite moments. She was able to help put on a Hampton Roads Paralympic Experience Day where she found athletes/participants, reached out to vendorsIMG_0850, and programmed the day’s events.

“It was really exciting for me because this event really became like a baby to me, I spent so much time and effort in the months leading up to make it successful and to see the impact that it made on the people who attended which made it worthwhile.”

Zacharias was also able to run in the HCA Va 8k with a Sportable athlete who she says was determined to run the race, “Seeing how our athletes persevere through their obstacles is what really makes this experience special to me.” Zachararias believes her assistantship has shown her all the possibilities the sport industry has to offer and has given her  confidence to take on responsibilities, which will help her succeed in the future.

 

November 25, 2015

Guest Speakers: Ken Huber and Danny Bonifas

“No one is above the rules. Our goal is to further strengthen our culture of personal responsibility and individual accountability.”    – NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association)

 

Ken Huber (’13) and Danny Bonifas (’12) stopped by Sport Law for a panel on the importance of compliance at NCAA schools and how the NCAA operates as a governing body. Huber works as the assistant director of enforcement with the NCAA and works specifically with IMG_4034basketball infractions. Bonifas is a compliance coordinator for the University of Richmond Athletics program.

IMG_4039Huber skyped into the class and offered insight into the different violation levels of the NCAA (1-4, major-minor) and gave his opinion on the ways in which the NCAA will change in the next five to ten years. Professor Silverman, who has experience working in collegiate compliance, moderated the conversation between the two guests and asked questions specific to how NCAA compliance rules affect student athletes and successful athletic programs. Bonifas provided insight into how Richmond Athletics maintains the stringent standards of the NCAA manual and gave students a comparison between the way various A-10 schools operate.

 

November 24, 2015

Hat Tip Tuesday

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On Tuesdays, we offer a “tip of the hat” to current students and alumni who have been hired, promoted, recognized for outstanding achievement or embarked on new opportunities. 

1cee7eaMichael Clarke (’14) has been appointed the Head Coach of the Kalamunda Eastern Suns’ Mens Senior Basketball League. Clarke started working with the suns in 2011, where he achieved success working at both the adult and senior levels. He then spent two years in America getting his masters from the Center for Sport Leadership and worked with Shaka Smart and the VCU men’s basketball team. Clarke also helps the suns in Development and Supervision of the boys’ program.

 

November 20, 2015

Get To Work… Rec Sports

Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 12.38.40 PMOne of the most unique aspects of the Center for Sport Leadership at VCU is the opportunity to provide students with a year of real-world experience while simultaneously earning a master’s degree. Each Friday, we will be showcasing one of our current students, highlighting their graduate assistantship within the Richmond sports community. 

If you’re looking to work out in the Richmond area, there is no better place than the Cary St. Gym, where you will likely see Eric Baumann checking on his staff and making sure everyone is having a good workout.

Baumann is a gradIMG_3971uate assistant with VCU Recreational Sports and works as the “Program Assistant for Facilities and Student Development.” He uses his leadership skills to hire and train facility operations staff, create and update students’ work schedules, review and enforce disciplinary issues and lead staff meetings.

Baumann got his first experience with this type of work at his undergraduate school, Campbell, where he fell in love with the family atmosphere of college rec. Because he mainly worked with intramurals during undergrad, he wanted to get a different perspective which led him to facility operations where he can help other students have the same positive experience he had.IMG_3976

“I think this position has confirmed my ambitions of working within the campus recreation field. I love the atmosphere and unique challenges I face everyday. The professional staff at VCU Recreational Sports have also been very helpful because they are always asking what they can do to help me prepare for when I begin looking for jobs in the spring.”

 

November 19, 2015

Guest Speaker: Sarah Whitney

IMG_3954As it turns out, “You’ve Got Mail” may not be as outdated as we all think.

Marketing in sports is all about finding creative ways to reach fans and keep consumers coming back and few have more experience than those who work in collegiate athletic marketing. Sarah Whitney (’13), the director of marketing at the University of Virginia, stopped by Sports Marketing to talk about how UVA uses email marketing and the roles of a college marketing team.

Whitney and her team are responsible for coming up with new layouts, creating content and scheduling times for emails to be sent to sports fans. UVA uses databases that segment consumers based on the sports they enjoy, tickets they buy and information they sign up to receive. Whitney mentioned a new email and website tracking program, called FanOne, being used by UVA, which is also being used by a number of other large universities and NFL teams to track fan engagement

Sarah Whitney ('13) and UVA grad/CSL student Lindsay McBride

Sarah Whitney (’13) and UVA grad/CSL student Lindsay McBride.

One of the most important points that Whitney made was that fans are looking for streamlined, atheistically pleasing content or they will unsubscribe from a program’s updates. She works hard with her staff to track the reaction from emails and continuously changes how they communicate with fans. Whitney also mentioned the importance of photoshop and encouraged all Center for Sport Leadership students to get experience with the program as soon as possible for their future careers.

 

November 17, 2015

Hat Tip Tuesday

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On Tuesdays, we offer a “tip of the hat” to current students and alumni who have been hired, promoted, recognized for outstanding achievement or embarked on new opportunities. 

Three current graduate students Greg Moon (’16), Alex Olson (’16) and Sean Wheeler (’16) have been selected to attend the 2016 NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar. The seminar will take place Jan. 27-29, 2016, in Indianapolis at the NCAA national office. The Emerging Leaders Seminar (ELS) is an annual professional development event providing effective leadership, educational and transitional programing for more than 200 current graduate assistants and interns from NCAA membership institutions, conference offices and affiliate organizations. The three-day program educates, develops and connects selected participants, and can increase the likelihood for rapid career progression within college sports.

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Virginia Pham (’16) was awarded a scholarship from The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Virginia is one of 12 recipients of the 2015 Coaches 4 Coaches Scholarship. The scholarships provide the opportunity for up-and-coming volleyball coaches to attend their first AVCA Convention with the scholarship money used to pay for convention registration and hotel costs. Virginia is a graduate assistant with the VCU Women’s Volleyball team.

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Reynolds Oare (’07) coached The Highland School Boys Soccer team to the VISAA Division II State Championship.  Oare’s team posted four consecutive shutouts in the 2015 state tournament, including upset victories over No. 4 Trinity at Meadow View in the quarterfinals, No. 1 North Cross in the semifinals and No. 2 Eastern Mennonite in the final. In addition to his coaching duties, Oare is the Assistant to the Athletic Director and Middle School Athletic Coordinator.