Sports Management Students Work NBA All-Star Weekend – THE EXHIBITOR
Baldwin Wallace University sports management students added another major sporting event to their resume as many students worked at different events that took place in Cleveland for the 75th All-Star weekend. NBA anniversary.
The students had many opportunities to gain experience in different locations across the city. Kamaria Montgomery, a sophomore in sports management, completed a mini-hospitality internship with Quint Events, a company that hosted different events at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse as well as across from Cleveland Guardians’ Progressive Field. Montgomery helped collect tickets, direct guests and verify COVID-19 information for guests.
Montgomery said she was able to use this experience to gain useful connections in the industry, as well as within the sports management program.
“I was able to connect with many Quint employees who helped me learn the ins and outs of a career at Quint,” Montgomery said in an email to The Exponent. “I was also able to connect with my classmates and make memories working in the All-Star game.”
Although she said she enjoyed what she did as an intern for Quint, Montgomery’s favorite part of the experience happened afterwards.
“We got to watch the skill challenges and the actual game, and it was amazing,” Montgomery said.
Montgomery said she wanted to take this opportunity to gain as much industry experience as possible, in addition to the fact that this mega-event was held right here in Cleveland.
“It was something I couldn’t pass up,” Montgomery said.
Peter Petri, a senior sports management student, worked on a variety of events during All-Star weekend. The first was a “Bleacher Report Verzuz” showdown featuring NBA legends Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady. Petri’s role was to help host a basketball shooting contest for fans.
Petri said he was impressed by the opportunity to meet a childhood hero.
“It was a surreal moment for me because Iverson was a huge reason I fell in love with basketball,” Petri said when contacted by email. “At the event, Iverson saw me with his jersey on and he asked if he could sign it. Everyone went nuts, including me, and that was the highlight of my night.
Petri also completed the same hospitality internship as Montgomery with Quint Events on Saturday and Sunday and was able to attend the skills competitions and play that followed her shifts both days.
Petri took full advantage of this opportunity to network with NBA executives, as he said he had “a conversation with [NBA commissioner] Adam Silver and Masai Ujuri, who is the president of the Toronto Raptors. Petri said he was even offered a future job with the Raptors organization.
BW students will have many more opportunities like this in the future as the Sport Management Club will take students to Miami for the F1 Miami Grand Prix series, Kentucky Derby and others.