The ninth Trojan Treasure is the Troy University Sport Management Club, which meets every two weeks on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. The next meeting is Oct. 12 in Trojan Center Room 212.
The Sport Management Club’s main purpose is to provide opportunities for professional growth through sport management related activities and events.
It promotes at least two events a semester that promotes Trojan athletics or a better understanding of the sport industry.
The organization was formed in fall 2012 because students in the School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management wanted an organization that fulfilled their desires for professional development opportunities. The faculty advisers are Robert Mathner and Anthony Dixon.
Any student who is interested can join but particularly those who are looking to go into the sport industry in fields such as athletic training or exercise science.
“Anyone who wants to work in the sport industry or even marketing or management should definitely consider this club,” said club president Kelley Curran, a junior sport management major from Houston, Texas. “I can without a doubt say I’ve gotten more hands-on leadership experience through this club alone than in any of my classes. It offers great professional development opportunities and the chance to network.”
Sport Management Club is responsible for putting together Chalk Talk, which is presented by IMG. Chalk Talk is where coaches and other members of Trojan Athletics come and have an open forum style event with those who attend.
This semester the club is focused on tailgating events. The group plans to tailgate at one soccer game and one volleyball game to show those teams that it supports them and to offer a great social opportunity for its members.
The Sport Management Club is also promoting the Sun Belt Cross Country championships that are going to be held in Troy this year in order to get its members out to support our fellow Trojans.
The club’s goal is to participate in one service project a semester. This semester is all about Project 19 and supporting Kailani Decock.
The Sport Management Club took a group to a career fair hosted by the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 7, and members had a chance to establish new networking opportunities. The club is currently planning another trip to Atlanta to see a Hawks game and get a facility tour.
To cover expenses such as advertising and social events, dues are $20 a year. Currently there are just fewer than 30 members, but Curran expressed hopes that the group would continue to grow.
Students who are interested in more information should contact club secretary Caitlin Drinkard at firstname.lastname@example.org and join the Facebook page at Troy University Sport Management Club.