Sport and Recreation Management
Connecting the world of business and sports.
Whether you’re an active participant in athletics, or just enjoy watching the game, you are looking to transform this passion into a successful career. That’s why you’re interested in Marian University’s sport and recreation management program.
Through Marian’s sport and recreation management program, you’ll gain knowledge about the sports industry and traditional business principles, and engage in a curriculum centered on developing your skills in critical thinking, communication, cultural awareness, creativity and technology. You’ll take courses that integrate all aspects of business, including accounting, economics, finance, law, management and marketing.
As part of the sport and recreation management program, you will engage in personal, one-on-one relationships with faculty, and take part in hands-on internship experiences as early as your sophomore year with public, private and service organizations. In addition, many sport and recreation management majors complement their major with another business major or minor to further enhance their opportunities and increase their marketability.
As a graduate of the sport and recreation management program, you will find increasing opportunities for leadership and lucrative employment, especially in the ever-changing business world. Sport and recreation management graduates are qualified to work in a wide variety of areas, including corporate fitness, professional and amateur sports organizations, recreation programming, sport facility management and sports marketing. Recent graduates have found career success with organizations including the Atlanta Braves, Boys and Girls Club, Chicago Wolves, GMR Marketing, Miami Dolphins, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and the YMCA.
The Marian Difference
Through an applied learning approach, you’ll find Marian’s sport and recreation management program prepares you to achieve your personal and professional goals in the business field. You’ll be inspired by personal, one-on-one attention from expert faculty, who are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and skills to keep you one step ahead of the competition.
Aiming toward success: Marian student scores sweet internship
Some young men dream of playing for the NBA, but Marian student Matt Pena ’12 has always been drawn to what goes on behind the court’s bright lights. As the group ticket sales/promotions intern for the Milwaukee Bucks, Pena has had the opportunity to learn about the sports management field while networking and forming important relationships in a fun atmosphere.
“I’ve always liked being on my feet, meeting new people and staying organized, and the nature of the sport and recreation management program is one that requires passion and inspiration,” Pena says. “All members of the program have either been an athlete, coach or otherwise involved in competitive sports. I pursued this internship because I am passionate about sports, hope to continue a career in sports with a professional organization and recognized this opportunity could assist with these ambitions.”
With a dedicated work ethic and leadership skills, Pena provided game-day assistance in promoting the Bucks organization to increase ticket sales. This included reaching out to community organizations, schools and businesses with programs like Jr. Bucks, Kourtside Kids, Half-Time Tunnel and Pre-Game Tunnel.
“My favorite part of the internship is wearing the Milwaukee Bucks polo and credentials,” Pena says. “It is rewarding to be able to walk throughout the Bradley Center, promote a prominent organization and learn all at the same time. After almost four years at Marian, I am most proud to say that I did something that I am passionate about and that will benefit me in some way down the road. This learning experience will benefit me and also improve the quality of my resume.”