University of Minnesota

Sport Management Student Profile

Name: Emily Timmerman
Anticipated Graduation Year:

Emily Timmerman

How and why did you choose your major?

I chose my major because I really enjoyed playing sports. When I was cut from volleyball and basketball in high school, I decided to manage basketball as a way to still be apart of sports. Managing showed me the behind the scenes and business aspect of sports and introduced me to Sport Management.

Please give a description (in your words) of your major including the things you learn, favorite classes, and any challenges you have faced.

In my sports management classes the goal to to give students a wide variety of knowledge about sports. Sports are an integral part of our society and all my classes whether it Legal Aspects of Sports or Sports in Diverse Society recognize that sports are a way to bring people together and are a business. My favorite classes have been Sports in Diverse Society, Legal Aspects of Sport, and Event Management and Facilities. Each class has such a different facet of sports that they focus on, which gives you an idea of the range of job opportunities within sports that exist. One challenge that I have faced is looking at the big picture. Having completed almost all my core courses for the Sport Management Major I can now clearly see how my legal and sport ethics class connect and relate and how my business of sport and organization and management of sport classes connect. Sports are about a big picture mentality because in order to work in the sports industry you need to be able to step back and see how everything fits and works together in the sport business and how it all revolves around teams and sporting events.

What types of experiences outside of the classroom have you had relating to your major? (i.e. clubs, jobs, internships, volunteering, study abroad etc.)

The University of Minnesota has so many opportunities and ways to get involved with sports. My freshmen year I participated in a recreational league volleyball team and then my sophomore year I got a job as a student manager for the University of Minnesota Women's Basketball Team. It has been a tremendous opportunity and a great chance to get an inside look at collegiate sports. I am currently finishing up a directed study in kinesiology looking at the percentage of women coaches at Bowl Championship Series (BCS) schools and will be starting a new directed study in sport management next semester looking at the role of fundraising and development in collegiate sports under the guidance of former Athletic Director Joel Maturi. This summer I will be working as an event management and operations intern at TCF Bank Stadium as well as a Game Day Intern for the Saint Paul Saints.

In your opinion, what is one thing, or one piece of advice that other students pursuing your major should know?

Make connections. Networking has been the best tool and skill I have developed. It always surprises me how so many people somehow know someone who works in sports and have a connection. Take advantage of networking because everyone knows someone in the sports industry, which could help you out in the long run.

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