Throughout my childhood, I immersed myself in as many sports activities as possible, ranging from traditional sports such as track and field and football all the way to motocross racing. I developed a passion for competition and pushed myself to the limit in everything I have attempted. From a young age, I excelled in track and field and became one of the top athletes in the state throughout my time in High School. This time as a youth built my appreciation of sports, as well as the desire to become a professional within the industry. That crucial point in my life helped mold me into the dedicated professional which I have become, and eventually led me to my desire to pursue a degree in sport management.
From there, I decided to pursue my Bachelors Degree in Winthrop University’s NASSM and NASPE accredited Sport Management program. During my time spent at Winthrop, I took full advantage of what the University and Charlotte had to offer. I was able to gain significant experience in the Athletic Department through volunteer work at Division I athletic contests as well as with local High Schools in the area. Fortunately, I was able to experience the differences between high school, collegiate, and professional sports first hand in a working environment. Virtually every upper level course I entered was taught in conjunction with various projects coordinated with organizations such as the Charlotte Knights, Charlotte Checkers, WU Athletic Department, or District 52 Public Schools. This enabled me to witness course theory in a real world setting rather than in a classroom exclusively.
Academically, I excelled both at Winthrop and West Virginia University. My success in the classroom along with hard work allowed me the opportunity to be inducted into the Phi Epsilon Kappa Honors Fraternity. This honors organization is reserved for the top students in the PESH (Physical Education, Sport, and Human Performance) department and played a key role in my development as a professional. My time spent in PEK allowed me to gain experience planning various fundraising, community service, and sport events for the department. By placing me among many of the brightest students in the department, I was forced to exceed the status quo and execute my work at a higher level.
The next step in my journey was to obtain real world experience in the sport industry outside of the classroom setting. I was recommended to the Carolina Panthers for work in their ticket office where I worked a total of 3 seasons. There, I was able to learn the building blocks of game day preparation that take place in the NFL. The experience and knowledge gained with the Panthers has allowed myself to develop sound leadership skills while engaging in sport activity beyond my courses.
During my senior year, I accepted an internship and soon after a full-time job with Clubmx Training Facility due to my passion of motorsports. Clubmx is one of the top motocross training facilities in the world, and is home to elite motocross racers. Being a much smaller company in size, I was given the responsibility for almost every aspect of the company’s management duties which included: marketing, social media, and public relations. While at Clubmx, I was able to implement a successful social media campaign, which raised the total connections 86.2% from the previous data. This was accomplished through the use of various promotions, targeted advertisements, and conceptualizing online video content over the course of my tenure. This increase in web traffic played a significant role in attracting sponsors for the team for the following year.
Following my experience with Clubmx, I earned a summer internship with the Atlanta Hawks in their Interactive Marketing Department just before accepting a full time position with Shock Doctor Sports as a Corporate Social Media Specialist.
The diverse group of organizations I have been a part of over the past few years has played an instrumental role in my decision to pursue a postgraduate degree in sport management. The combination of my education, various internships, and work experience has prepared me enough to be a valuable part of any business.