FAMU DRS Adds Sport Management and Anatomy, Academy of Exercise Science

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Hands-on learning experience is invaluable in any profession, and when can you start young? Even better.

Florida A&M University’s School of Developmental Research launched an Academy of Sport Management and Anatomy and Exercise Science this fall, the first such program in Leon County, and it gives students a chance to nurture their interests and perhaps start a career.

“Most people just see the real sport. They don’t know what comes with it, what’s behind it, what makes it happen,” said Ericka Cromartie, who teaches at the Academy. “Kids get it right and see how things turn out behind the scenes in the sport.”

FAMU DRS is home to Leon County’s first Academy of Sport Management and Anatomy and Exercise Science.

“As an athlete myself, I wanted to see what it was like for personal trainers and student aides to take care of athletes,” said Kaia Randolph, a sophomore and one of five students at the Academy.

See how it’s done, then do it. These students learn by application in the real world.

“You just have to tell us how to do it, we should actually be able to do it and the right way to do it can actually be beneficial in the future,” Randolph said.

“They get hands-on experience and familiarity with the sports industry,” Cromartie said. “When it comes to facilitating events, packing and recording with sports coaching, knowing sports branding and marketing, just the nines.”

Whether it’s learning how to organize an event or tending to an injury, it can start in the classroom, but that’s only the beginning.

“We have real students at the school who cover the games the school is committed to,” said Jerry Holt, FAMU DRS sports coach and FAMU educator who also teaches at the Academy.

“You’re right there and you can see it, it’s really exciting,” Randolph added.

A chance to learn.

“Once they got started, they expressed tremendous interest,” Holt said. “It’s a very rewarding experience to see them do that.”

“I hear students say, Coach, we want to be in your class, Coach, we’ve heard good things about your class,” Cromartie said. “It’s already growing through word of mouth.”

That’s the whole story. Cromartie said the goal of this program is to continue to grow, and she and Holt are excited to make that happen.

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