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Do you see yourself founding and directing a select-level youth basketball or soccer league? Perhaps you'd like to work in sports information for a college or pro team, or at a golf or tennis resort. Maybe you love the idea of planning sports activities for youngsters at a YMCA or Boys & Girls Club. Or helping NFL players reach their peak.
If any of these sports-oriented career paths appeal to you, Lakeland's Sport Management and Leadership major can put you directly on it.
One of the strengths of this major is its five emphases:
Each emphasis shares core courses with the others, but branches out to slide into its own specialty track. The coaching emphases is self-explanatory. The communication track could lead to public relations and marketing jobs in sports. The hospitality management emphasis links nicely with the area's booming golf industry and the non-profit management emphasis prepares students to serve the YMCA or Boys & Girls Club, among other non-profits that delve into fitness or wellness. Strength & Conditioning can lead to careers spanning from becoming a personal trainer to working with college and pro athletes to maximize their performance.
"Sports and exercise are multi-billion-dollar industries," said April Arvan, Lakeland's associate professor of exercise science and sport studies. "We are helping pinpoint a variety of careers for our students."
Name: Trista Barron
Hometown: Escanaba, Mich.
Title: Occupational Therapist
Business: Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center
Twice a week, Lakeland's, Trista Barron made the short drive to Sheboygan, where for five hours, she learned about occupational therapy at the Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center.
This exciting internship cemented Barron's career ambition.
"I want to help people," says the native of Escanaba, Mich. "That's really what it comes down to. I don't want to just sit at a desk all day."
Occupational therapy is similar to physical therapy, but OT is designed to help people regain the motor skills necessary to perform day-to-day living tasks and become independent again after illness or injury.
Barron, a starter on the women's basketball team, will require a master's degree after earning her Lakeland bachelor's degree. She'll begin applying to professional schools in fall.
Bill Ebben, Lakeland's first-year associate professor of exercise science, constantly stresses the importance of strong internships and overall post-graduate preparedness. Ebben, who takes pride in helping deserving students earn admission into strong professional programs, speaks highly of Barron.
"She's a great student," he says, "but an even better person."
Listed below are just some of the careers Lakeland University exercise science and sport management and leadership students from recent graduating classes have landed:
Listed below are some of the Internships that Lakeland University students have landed during their stay at Lakeland:
Six (6) semester hours from the following:
*Students requesting internships with GPAs below 2.5 will be reviewed through career development, and program advisors will work with students not meeting the prerequisites to find alternative paths to graduation.
Note: Students majoring in two or more programs requiring completion of an emphasis from the School of Business and Entrepreneurship must select a separate emphasis area for each major. Students wishing to complete an additional emphasis area may select from those identified in the section on Business and Entrepreneurship Emphases and must complete all prerequisites to be eligible for coursework in those emphasis areas.
Students must select and successfully complete one of the following emphases:
One of the following (2 semester hours):
One of the following courses:
Note: A minor in Sport Management may not be combined with the Sport Management and Leadership major or with the Sport Management emphasis of the Business Administration major.
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