Prospective sport management professionals from The University of Alabama had an opportunity to interact with the nation’s sport managers during a graduate-level, interim travel course at the United States Olympic Committee headquarters. Thanks to these students – Aminda Jakob, Collett Cogliano and Valyncia Johnson — for documenting their learning adventures.
Day Three - Aminda Jakob
On Tuesday, we started off the day with hearing from a new department, Collegiate Partnerships. They are working on ways for universities to promote their Olympians, as well as ways to promote Olympic sports at the collegiate level. Since I currently work in collegiate sports and deal primarily with supporting collegiate student-athletes, I was very into this presentation. It's such an important department, and they are starting to do some really awesome things!
Afterwards, we headed to the US Air Force Academy. I come from a Navy town, so I know quite a bit about the military, but it was interesting to hear how they combine the military and college and interscholastic sports. I also always love seeing athletic facilities at other universities.
The coolest part of USAFA is definitely the chapel. Built in the 1950s, it's an incredibly unique building. The stained glass inside is breathtaking. Also, down below the main chapel are Catholic, Buddhist, and Jewish chapels. They were all so different from each other and all beautiful.
When we returned to the USOTC, we heard from Athlete Career and Education. This presentation was also very interesting for me because the department that I work in at Alabama is extremely similar--both are focused on athletes outside of athletics and on the transition from athlete to working professional. I loved comparing what we do that's the same and what they do that's different.
Our last educational session of the day was with USA Triathlon. It was great to hear from one of the National Governing Bodies (NGBs) because we’ve heard so much about them – especially from one that is growing so rapidly. They really do handle every element of their sport, from starting a youth pipeline to taking a team to the Games.
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