Review by Sport Management Professor Ashwin Patel
An Top-Notch Experience for HRT Sport Management Students
Humber’s Sport Management Program took a trip to Florida to learn about the business of sport in an international context. As Program Coordinator, Ashwin Patel states, “there is an increased globalization of sport where students will be able to take advantage of international opportunities.”
During the trip, students were able to explore state-of-the-art training tools at one of the most respected preparatory institutes in the world, IMG Academy has produced top athletes including Russell Wilson and Kei Nishikori. Students also visited Dunedin, the spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays, where they ran game day operations for their minor league affiliate. They volunteered at the FHSAA state championship track meet and shadowed several leaders throughout their week on IMG’s campus. Furthermore, they attended workshops with leaders in their field. During their stay, students gained a clear sense of professional development. They were encouraged to form relationships with sport management leaders by asking questions like, “What do the best teams do to be successful?”, “What separates good facilities from bad ones?”, and “How can I become successful in this field?”
When it comes to their time abroad, the appreciation of their experience was shared by all students. They felt it opened their eyes to employment opportunities outside of the GTA and gave them a unique opportunity to network with industry pros. Above all, they felt that they could echo what they learned in the classroom and apply it in an international context.