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FSU Sport Management Student Association Volunteered, Met with Industry Execs in Nashville

November 20, 2017 Leave a comment Go to comments
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SMSA students visit the Nissan Stadium

This fall, the Sport Management Student Association (SMSA) took 44 of its members, along with Dr. Jason Pappas, to network in Nashville, Tennessee. SMSA got the opportunity to meet with the Tennessee Titans, the Nashville Predators, and the Nashville Sounds. The students were also able to participate in service learning through volunteering with the Nashville Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K and had the chance to attend the Tennessee Titans football game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The first full day in Nashville consisted of tours and meetings with the three sports teams. The first stop the students made was to Nissan Stadium, the home of the Tennessee Titans. The group got to meet with Ticket Sales Executive Drew Silver and Group Sales Coordinator Jim Rice. The tour of Nissan Stadium included the Owner’s Suite, Mascot Room, Locker Room, and a view of the Titans’ field. SMSA also got the opportunity to speak to a panel of four Titans employees from various departments within the organization. The presenters answered any questions the students had about their experiences within the sport industry and how they got to their current position with the Tennessee Titans.

From Nissan Stadium, the group of students walked to Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators hockey team. Students had the chance to meet and listen to Sean Henry, chief executive officer and president of the Nashville Predators. They received a tour of the arena and of the Lexus Lounge, an exclusive area for members to watch the games and socialize during hockey games. Mickey Hock, a former FSU student and now Corporate Development Manager for the Predators, led the tour and spoke to the students about his life and day-to-day responsibilities working at Bridgestone Arena.

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SMSA students tour Nashville Sounds Minor League Baseball stadium

The students then traveled to the last meeting of the day with the Nashville Sounds Minor League Baseball team. The Sounds have been affiliated with Oakland Athletics for the past three seasons. General Manager Adam Nuse spoke with SMSA about Minor League Baseball and answered any questions the students had about working in the industry. The students were then given a tour by Community Relations Manager Destiny Whitmore and Guest Relations Associate Allie Guido. They had the opportunity to walk around First Tennessee Park and see the locker room, club suites, and the band box, where guests can play mini golf, cornhole, and other lawn games all while attending a Nashville Sounds baseball game. The students learned that many people in the sports industry start out in Minor League Baseball and that it is a great way for them to get their foot in the door.

The next day included volunteering at the Nashville Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K. Students arrived at 5:00 a.m. to help with set-up for the event and got to experience the freezing weather of Nashville!  SMSA was responsible for all parts of the event, including registration, t-shirts, gear check, and handing out food and drinks. The students also stood at the end of the three races announcing the runners’ names and handing them medals as they crossed the finish line. They learned every aspect of what it takes to put on an event for over 3,000 runners.

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SMSA students volunteer at the Nashville Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K

On their last day in Nashville, the students attended the Tennessee Titans football game against the Cincinnati Bengals. SMSA got the chance to spend time as a big group and get to know each other more in a social setting. They also had the time to explore downtown Nashville, where they walked around visiting different restaurants and listening to the live music played all over the city.

Nashville was a great place for students to network with sport industry professionals and to have fun with each other. SMSA organizes a networking trip for its members each semester and gives students the opportunity to meet new people within the sports industry. The students had an amazing experience in Music City, USA and can’t wait to hear what is in store for the spring!

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