Sport Business Grads Receive Positions with Pro Teams

June 02, 2015

By Abigail Esposito

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Two recent University of Mount Union sport business graduates are among many who scored exceptional positions with professional sports teams following graduation in May.

This year’s sport business graduates obtained positions with numerous organizations including the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, National Sports Forum and Major League Soccer.

Gina Wall, a senior sport business major and psychology and art minor of Warren, Ohio, earned a position as an account executive in the sales department for the Cleveland Cavaliers following attendance at the Sport Sales Workshop and Job Fair held in Cleveland in February.

“It's always been my biggest dream to work for the Cleveland Cavaliers from the minute I stepped into their front office,” Wall said. “I remember like it was yesterday when Dr. Lori Braa asked me what my biggest dream was. I told her it was to work for the Cavs and her response was: ‘let's figure out away to get you in there.’”

Senior sport business major Briana Harris of Boardman, Ohio earned a position as an account executive of group ticket sales for the Miami Heat, also through attendance at the Sport Sales Workshop and Job Fair.

“Before the event, I had seven pre-scheduled interviews and by the end of the weekend I had interviewed with 18 different professional sport organizations across the United States,” Harris said. “After negotiating several offers, I found the Miami Heat to be the best fit for me.”

With a minor in communication studies and a concentration in marketing in addition to her sport business major, Harris has a knack for working with people.

“I love sport business because it allows me to be a part of an extremely well-connected network,” Harris said. “The industry is centered on service and providing the ultimate fan experiences. Bringing others happiness and some of their best memories is why I chose this field.”

Wall noted that her professors fostered and shaped her passion for her major.

“I love sport business at Mount Union because the professors in the department have either worked in NCAA, international sports, professional sports or recreation,” Wall said. “It makes it easy for students to communicate to any one of them to figure out the best way to get them into an internship that can help lead to a job. Each professor genuinely cares for students and it shows. I'm so lucky to have all of these dynamic qualities and so much more in a major.”

Wall attributed her success to her experiences at Mount Union.

“Without all three of the sport business professors’ help, my dream wouldn't have come true this quickly,” Wall said. “I'm so lucky to have their continuous guidance throughout my career. It's still all so surreal for me!”

Harris discussed how Mount has aided her education and career path.

Mount has given me the opportunity to obtain a well-rounded, liberal arts education,” she said. “Because of the small class sizes, I was able to gain personal attention and critique from my professors. My professors, peers and professionals have challenged me. They have helped me to better myself and take advantage of every internship opportunity presented to me. I am so thankful to them.”

Harris developed her identity at Mount Union as well.

“My favorite part about my four years was finding out who I truly am,” Harris said. “I still have a long way to go but the people I’ve met here have been an integral part of my success and have helped to shape me into the person I am destined to be. Now, I am looking forward to beginning the next chapter of my life; I am eager for the opportunity to make a name for myself.”

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