Sport Management and Recreation in the News
MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, March 2012
Sport management students Emerson Badessa, left, and Andrew Hembrow, right, with ESPN basketball commentator and former NBA coach, Jeff Van Gundy at the MIT Sloan Conference in March.
Sport management students Emerson Badessa, left, and Andrew Hembrow, right, with ESPN columnist, Jackie MacMullan, at the MIT Sloan Conference in March.
The Springfield College sport management program was featured in BusinessWest. Read "Fielding Opportunities," by Joseph Bednar, which includes quotes from Springfield College Chair of the Sport Management and Recreation Department Matthew Pantera.
Spalding Hoophall Classic
Current undergraduate students volunteer to work with Special Programs and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in facilitating what is considered to be the #1 High School basketball invitational in the country, including teams ranked in the top 50 in the United States with future NBA/WNBA players. Student supervisors oversee Event Management students and other student volunteers throughout the invitational, hosted in Springfield College’s Blake Arena.
In this photo: David DeNitto, Samantha DiTonno, Katherine McCluskey, Andrew Hembrow, Anthony Pelleteri, Sean Smith, Heather Boutin, Eric Archambault, Ryan Polson, Emily Durante, Ryan Ux (Head Supervisor), Emerson Badessa (Head Supervisor).
National Gold Medal Award Team Emblematic of the Best Park and Recreation Department in America
Left to right: Brian Knapp, past Park Board Chairman; Edwin Rivera, '09, Community Program Coordinator; Karen Lussier, Recreation Manager; Michael McCarty, '91, Director of Parks and Recreation, all from Fairfax, Va. Photo taken in Atlanta, Ga. at the National Recreation and Park Association Congress on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011.
Students From the Sport Management and Recreation Department Help Facilitate 40-year Anniversary Celebration of Rockridge
Springfield College students from the Sport Management and Recreation Department majoring in therapeutic recreation collaborated with alum Beth (Smith) Vettori ’99, executive director of Rockridge Retirement Community, to plan and facilitate the 40-year anniversary celebration of Rockridge.
Students conducted interviews with residents, searched through historical community archives, and planned the details of an evening gala celebration. A video was created using interviews from residents and was unveiled at the event. A historical timeline banner was generated to document significant events at Rockridge through the years. Additional posters were created representing pop culture and society during each decade of the past 40 years.
Special thanks to the Springfield College print shop for partnering with sport management and recreation students to assist with the project.
Dr. Ken Wall, left, and Department Chair Dr. Matt Pantera, right,
at a recent New England Patriots game.
Student Spotlight: Brian Gogerty
Senior Sport Management student Brian Gogerty earned a national bid to officiate at the National Campus Championship Series (NCCS) National Championships, conducted by the National Intramural-Recreation Sports Association (NIRSA), held at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., on April 9-11. Brian was selected for the bid by a committee of intramural professionals from NIRSA’s Region One. Out of the 24 student officials, Brian was the only one to receive an automatic bid to officiate at the National Championships. This is the first time a Springfield College student has received this recognition and achievement. Though his competition was stiff, with other student officials coming from Rowan University, University of Rhode Island, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts- Amherst, Ithaca College, Northeastern, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Providence College, and Boston University, Brian received top honors. Congratulations Brian!
Sport Event Marketing Experience Conference
Some of the best and brightest students in the SMRT Department attended the Sport Event Marketing Experience Conference in Washington, D.C.
Game-Day Security Research Update
“Worldstadium.com counts 1,804 sports facilities across the USA, in big cities and small towns, holding hundreds to more than 100,000 spectators” (USA Today, Brady 2009). Research teams from the Sport Management and Recreation Department at Springfield College, MA have continued to monitor game-day security practices since their groundbreaking research contributions in 2003. Click here for the whole story.
Athletic Business Magazine Spotlight
Research produced by the Springfield College Sport Management department was recently featured in the trade magazine Athletic Business. The article focused on stadiums as terrorism targets, and cites the work of Springfield College in evaluating stadium preparedness. Visit Athletic Business to read the entire article, and to find out how Springfield College is a leader in the field of Sport Management.
Game Day Security
While security in stadiums and arenas has always been a top priority for event and facility managers, the horrific events of September 11, 2001 thrust this issue to the top of every athletic agenda.
Dr. Matthew Pantera, Chair of the Sport Management & Recreation Department, assembled a team to research this important issue. The research team's hard work and diligence culminated on February 27th when USA TODAY published the Game Day Security Operations Checklist as part of a cover story on sports and terrorism in both their print and online publications. Click here for the whole story.
Human Resource and Personnel Management Training WorkshopA delegation of students from Aruba participated in a formal training workshop in the Sport Management & Recreation Department's Human Resource and Personnel Management course.
The 16th Annual Weckwerth Lecture - Kevin Gilbride
Here in New England, people love their football. At Springfield College, it is no different. And despite what most Patriot fans think, the New York Giants have had an impact on both. Few have forgotten the amazing upset that took place at Super Bowl XVII, when the 13-6 Giants beat the undefeated New England Patriots. Here on campus, some fans are aware of a link between Springfield's historic football program and the offensive coordinator of the Giants. Although he is now the head coach of the St. Louis Rams, Steve Spagnuolo, a former wide receiver for the Pride in the 1970's, was able to defeat the fan base he was around so much as a student. Spagnuolo's former colleague, Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, has his own past on Springfield gridiron.
Outstanding Sport Management & Recreation Students
Attend Leadership Conference
|Two of our outstanding Sport Management & Recreation undergraduate students were selected from a pool of 500 applicants for The United States Olympic Committee F.L.A.M.E. leadership training program. Only 32 students were selected to attend this leadership conference and Olympic Ideals training program nationwide. (From left to right) Candido Diaz and Nate Harris epitomize how Springfield College is fulfilling its vision of educating students for leadership and service to humanity.|
At the New Hall of Fame
Patriots Boston Globe Beat Writer Mike Reiss, former Sports Announcer for TV 7 in Boston Roy Reiss, Professor Matt Pantera, and his son Matt at the new "Hall of Fame at Patriots Place."
Matt Pantera with Nick Caserio at the New Hall of Fame
New England Patriots Player Personnel Director Nick Caserio and Professor Matt Pantera at a workshop at the new "Hall of Fame at Patriots Place."
Veeck Inspires at 2006 Sport Management and Recreation Marketing Symposium
Fun is Good.
That is the Veeck family motto.
Loving life and taking calculated risks has propelled Mike Veeck to the top of the event management world. Veeck has resurrected many a struggling baseball franchise transforming them into nothing less than cash-creating dynamos with his innovative “people-first” philosophy on business. Visit this page to read about Mike Veeck's and the 2006 Sport Management and Recreation Marketing Symposium.
Mike Veeck, master marketing genius for Major League Baseball,
surrounded by several of the Sport Management & Recreation Students
at the Department's 2006 Marketing Symposium