Photo caption: Christian Crittenden, V. Dagnino, Wyeth Coombs, Natalie Bunch, Assistant Professor Lauren Beasley and Kourtney Moore pose for a picture after finishing their shift at the SEC Football Championship game on Dec. 3.
story by Konadu Gyamfi, Ph.D.
Several undergraduate and graduate students in Georgia State University’s sport administration program volunteered at the SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Dec. 3.
Georgia State students put their classroom experiences to work, working alongside stadium staff to usher guests into the facility, assisting with ticketing issues at the gate and engaging with fans from both teams in an interactive FANfare experience hosted by the SEC at the Georgia World Congress Center.
“Volunteering at the SEC Championship game was a tremendous opportunity to work around a world-class organization and event. Being able to see and take part in some of the behind-the-scenes stuff and then watch it come together into one of the biggest games of the year was amazing,” said first-year master’s student Lias Levin. “The partnership between Georgia State and the SEC Championship Game is truly a unique opportunity for students to make connections and work in the pinnacle of sport.”
“Working with the SEC mobile ticketing team was a very unique experience,” said Terrell Adams, an undergraduate sport administration student. “The opportunity to be around so many sports-minded individuals was astonishing, and interacting with fans from across the country in our city was another accomplishment! I look forward to my next opportunity.”
Limited-term faculty member Konadu Gyamfi, Assistant Professor Lauren Beasley and doctoral student instructors Natalie Bunch and Jackson Sears volunteered with the students in their classes.
Georgia State’s sport administration program has partnered with the SEC on football championship events since 2007 and looks forward to having students volunteer with them in the future.
The sport administration program is housed in the College of Education & Human Development’s Department of Kinesiology and Health. The program offers a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Sport Administration, Master of Science in Sport Administration and a Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Administration. The M.S. program is currently ranked No. 18 in the United States by Sport Business International. The sport administration program is home to the Center for Sport and Urban Policy and the Rankin Cooter Bureau for Sport Business Research.
For program information, contact Professor Beth Cianfrone at [email protected]. For the latest information, follow the program on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @GSUSportAdmin.