Tag: Business of Sports School

Last month, HS student Brian Padilla along with two other classmates spent an afternoon at the NFL headquarters, gaining exclusive insights into the behind-the-scenes business operations of the League. Below he talks about the unique experience and the impact it had on them:

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My experience at the National Football League (NFL) office was unique and different from any other offices I’ve visited. I personally enjoyed my visit because I learned the different things they do there and what they plan to do in the upcoming years.

One thing I enjoyed from my experience at the office was that each floor had a different designated meaning and purpose. For example, the NFL occupied the 5th, 6th, 7th floors of the building; the 5th floor’s meaning was the game, 6th was the fans and the 7th was executive (I believe that’s the order).

We also met a former player, Roman Oben, that day. While talking to him, we learned of the duties of an NFL player and the process of getting drafted and traded throughout his 12-year career. We also got a chance to observe the 49 Super Bowl rings – all the way from the first one ever. Each ring was designed differently, even if the team won consecutively. There we learned that the team with the most Super Bowl rings is the Pittsburgh Steelers.

We also got the opportunity to attend a photo shoot, where they were shooting teams’ accessories and meals to eat throughout a football game. We learned that there is a lot of different merchandise sold to fans that can be used throughout a football game. We were also shown how the League designs new logos and were given a look of the new designs for the next season.

During our visit we were also given gift bags with football gloves (of our favorite team), a notepad whose cover is made up of the same material as the football (which was my favorite gift!) and two hats (one of the NFL and one of our favorite team).

I was truly happy to visit such a successful business and hope to work in the same offices or somewhere close to that field one day.

Mia Hall, a writer, public speaker and career strategist with 10+ years of experience working for the WNBA, Barclays Center and Black Enterprise (just to name a few), was among the guest speakers at UWANTGAME’s Women in Sports Panel Discussion on March 23, 2016 in New York City’s Business of Sports School. In the video above, Mia Hall speaks on some of the topics she discussed with the students, including the importance of mentorship programs for the youth, and teaching the next generation about networking, staying in touch and obtaining internship opportunities as ways to kickstart their careers.

The NFL’s Player Engagement Coordinator Carla Lide was among the guest speakers at UWANTGAME’s Women in Sports Panel Discussion on March 23, 2016 in New York City’s Business of Sports School. In the video above Lide speaks on some of the topics she went over with the students, including the significance of mentors, her academic preparation, and the importance of broadening one’s horizons and taking chances in order to build up a versatile resume and gain a fully well-rounded experience.

To watch the recap video of all the guest speakers from last month’s panel discussion, please click HERE .

On March 23, 2016, UWANTGAME hosted its monthly sports business panel discussion for NYC high school seniors at the Business of Sports School. The theme of this particular session focused on “Women in Sports” and therefore featured successful female sports executives as guest speakers. The panel consisted of Morgan Cato (Senior Manager of Early Career Development at the NBA), Carla Lide (Player Engagement Coordinator at the NFL), Guiselle Torres (Senior Counsel at the MLS), Mia Hall (Writer, Public Speaker & Career Strategist), and Shana Stephenson (Editor-in-Chief of All Sports Everything).

Among the topics of discussion were the paths each took to discover their respective passions within the sports industry, the experiences that shaped their career development, and some of the mentors that helped lead the way for them, among other themes.

Check out the video above to hear some of the advice the guest speakers gave students at last month’s panel discussion.

On February 24, 2016, high school seniors at the Business of Sports School (B.O.S.S.) in New York City partook in the first UWANTGAME Sports Panel Discussion of the year. This first session focused on African Americans who work in the sports industry.

The panel was composed of Cherise George, Fan Development Associate at the New York Knicks and Social Media Correspondent at Hard 2 Guard TV, Austin Moss, Manager of Player Engagement at the NFL, and Ashley Blackwood, a branding & communications expert who has previously work for the New York Knicks and GMR Marketing.

All three guests spoke to the students about their respective roles in sports, how they got their foot in the door, advice they would offer to those looking to break in and afterward had time to even answer some questions from B.O.S.S. students.

Scroll through the photo gallery above for a visual recap of the panel discussion. Our second panel is slated for later this month at B.O.S.S. and will focus on the sports communication field and successful female executives in the industry.