CSL Daily

September 29, 2017

Wizards VP of Community Relations: “I am a product of an internship”

“I am the product of an internship.”

Those were the first words out of the mouth of Sashia Jones, VP of Community Relations for the Washington Wizards.  She believes in the power of practical experience and urged our students to seek it out during their year at the Center for Sport Leadership.

The Wizards have been gracious in providing some of those opportunities for our students while the NBA team is holding its training camp at VCU’s Siegel Center. Students assisted with a youth clinic on Thursday, which Jones oversaw. More students will volunteer with the team’s marketing department at tonight’s open practice.

Jones has almost 20 years experience in community relations and shared her knowledge, experience and unfiltered opinions with our students: from getting players to take community service seriously to determining which players work best with certain events.

After 30 mins of talking and answering questions from our students, Jones spent another 20 minutes talking to students after class.

September 28, 2017

CSL Students Assist Wizards with Youth Clinic

Shortly after the Washington Wizards finished up practice on Thursday at VCU’s Siegel Center, a half dozen CSL students took the court. They weren’t there to play but to assist the team host a youth clinic.

Boys & girls from Richmond’s Peter Paul Development Center and wheelchair athletes from Sportable, Richmond’s award winning adaptive sports organization we guests of the team, working through six skill stations like shooting, dribbling, passing and defense.  Wizards center Otto Porter was among the players working with the kids and took time after the clinic to pose with our grad students.

About 20 of our students will work with the Wizards marketing department Friday at the team’s Open Practice at the Siegel Center, helping with fan engagement and game operations.  Here are more pics from the clinic.


September 28, 2017

Wizards VP of Communications Speaks to CSL

With the Washington Wizards back on campus for training camp, it creates a valuable opportunity for our students to hear from members of the team’s front office.

Thursday, VP of Communications Scott Hall talked with our students about his career path, his day-to-day duties with the team and how to navigate a career in the highly competitive sport industry.

Hall believes experience ultimately sets applicants apart so he suggested our students to take jobs and embrace opportunities that maximize your chances of rolling your sleeves up and getting hands-on training.

The Wizards VP of Community Relations Sashia Jones will speak with the cohort Friday.

Our relationship with the Washington Wizards was re-ignited last year when the NBA team decided to hold its training camp at VCU’s Siegel Center after an 8 year absence. We appreciate the team giving our graduate students the chance to gain valuable experience working with the marketing department at the Wizards open practice Friday night, which they will do again this year.  Students will also be assisting the Wizards community relations department Thursday with a youth clinic at the Siegel Center.

September 27, 2017

Winnagle Speaks at Student-Athlete/Donor Dinner

Jen (Woodie) Winnagle had a unique perspective to offer when she spoke at Sunday night’s VCU Student-Athlete Donor Dinner. Jen is a former VCU women’s soccer player who understand the demands of being a student-athlete and the support offered through the Ram Athletic Fund. Jen has also worked for VCU Athletics in development, helping donors understand why their support is essential. She urged the student-athletes to consistently share their gratitude to donors for their support and she encouraged the donors to get to know the student and the athlete they are supporting.

Jen, a 2008 graduate of the CSL, is now the Commissioner of the ECNL, the premier girls youth development soccer league in America, which is based in Richmond. She says her VCU journey- from student-athlete to graduate student to Athletic Department staff member – was invaluable in shaping her personally and professionally.

Jen is also preparing for the most important job she’ll ever have: she and her husband Nathan are expecting their first child in October.

September 26, 2017

Hat Tip Tuesday

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.


Ashley Alletto (’16) has been hired as the Director of Marketing for Western Carolina Athletics. Ashley spent the last year as a Marketing & Events Assistant for University of Minnesota-Duluth Athletics. At WCU, Ashley will join two other CSL alums: Alex Ritter, Assistant Director of the Catamount Club and Anita Puerto (’13) Director of Academic Support Services.


Blaze Byrd has been named the Director of Youth Rugby for the Richmond Kickers, a well-known soccer program that is now offering rugby. Blaze will run the day-to-day operations while continuing in her role as the Communication Manager for ECNL.


Justin Clift has been named the Head Football Equipment Manager for the University of Richmond. Justin has more than a decade of experience in operations and equipment manager, most recently with the Potomac Nationals, the Single-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

September 25, 2017

Sports Tourism Panel

Sports Tourism brings millions of dollars of revenue to the Richmond area every year. It has also produced job opportunities for several alumni. It’s a growing sector of the sport industry, which is why adjunct professor and CSL alum Jerrine Lee (’10) put together todcay’s Sports Tourism panel. Jerrine brought two of her colleagues from Richmond Region Tourism: JC Poma and Danielle Vincenti as well as Danny Bonifas (’12) with Visit Chesterfield Virginia

They discussed the growing importance of sports tourism to cities, big and small, across the country and how more resources are being devoted and developed to strengthen bids to lure sporting events to town.

In addition to Lee & Bonifas, the CSL currently has other alumni directly connected to the sports tourism industry, including Jason Schilling of Henrico County (VA) and John Poole of Visit Kissimmee (FL).