Catawba Sport Management participates in the ’21 NC Sport Management Symposium
March 10, 2021
Catawba College faculty and sports management students attended the 2021 North Carolina Sports Management Symposium. The two-day virtual event was designed for students to learn from industry leaders , including leaders from NASCAR, Esports, MiLB, NBA, College Football Playoffs, and the Institute for the Study of Sport, Society, and Social Change.
Catawba Sport Management faculty, Dr. Troy Carlton and Dr. Duane Aagaard, as members of the NC Sport Management Coalition, worked on a steering committee with faculty members from eight other institutions to plan and execute the symposium . This included the participation of professors from Belmont Abbey College, Chowan University, Johnson C. Smith University, North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T, the Queens University, Wingate University and Winston-Salem State University.
Davis Fields, a first-year sports management student, shared, “It was a great event to become a future leader in the sports industry. All the speakers shared amazing insights and provided us with their personal contact for that we keep in touch after the symposium.”
The sessions included the following themes and presenters:
- “NASCAR: getting through a pandemic”
- Bruce Mosley, Chief Revenue Officer of Rousch Fenway Racing
- “Esports: the future is here”
- John Cash, Founder and CEO of the Narmer Group
- “MiLB, Let’s move on to 2020”
- Jake Brewer, Director of Ticketing Operations, Kannapolis Cannon Ballers
- “NIL (name, image and likeness) arrives at the NCAA”
- Kristi Dosh, author of Saturday Millionaires and Forbes sports business writer
- “Leadership and Sales Principles for Turbulent Times”
- Drew Praster, Vice President of Ticket Sales, Charlotte Hornets
- “The sports industry is tackling racism and diversity”
- Ryan Hall, Director of Public Events, College Football Playoff
- Akilah R. Carter-Francique, Executive Director, Institute for the Study of Sport, Society, and Social Change
- Vince Pierson, CEO and Principal Strategist, VSP Diversity Solution
- Lexi Williams, Head of Diversity and Impact, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment
- Dr. Timothy Lewis, speaker, consultant and coach
The symposium concluded with the “Ignite Student” competition with Amber Hand, senior sports management at Catawba, finishing second. This year’s “Ignite” theme was “The Best Social Media in the Sports Industry,” and Amber’s selection was Carolina Panthers.
“The Sports Management Symposium was truly amazing,” Amber said. “The guest speakers had so much knowledge and insight to share with us. I took something away from everyone I listened to. Then, being able to compete against the other schools in the “Ignite” competition was both fun and challenging. The other competitors were excellent communicators and I learned something from each of them.
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