For those students who dream of the chance to graze the turf or step into a club level suite at Sports Authority Field, those dreams may not be too far off.
The Denver Broncos contacted Colorado State University to create a new way for students to see the many aspects of an athletic department. The new Sports Management minor is offered to students of many different fields in order to apply their passion of sports to their future career goals.
Albert Bimper, senior associate athletics director and former CSU football player, said this new connection will help students from a variety of disciplines to realize different roles in sports production.
“There is a lot more to the game than 60 minutes on the field,” Bimper said. “There is a lot more going on during those 60 minutes, so getting people involved in the behind-the-scenes activities that are happening during any type of sporting event is the goal.”
The minor will provide internships with teams such as the Denver Broncos. In the future, the program hopes to expand their connection to include the Colorado Eagles, Colorado Avalanche and Colorado Rockies.
For those who do not have an internship, courses will be offered for students studying anything from turf management to communications.
“It is an opportunity for students from many different disciplines across our campus to have an engagement point with this program and find where they connect,” Bimper said.
Those students enrolled in the minor will have a chance to interact with staff members of Colorado sports teams and form connections for the future.
Todd Donovan, associate professor at CSU, recommends this minor to students who are passionate and willing to work hard for a spot in the competitive field.
“You’re going to have to start at the bottom and you are going to be doing some not-so-fun things initially, but that is because there are a thousand other people behind you who would be willing to do it,” Donovan said. “Once you pay your dues, it is a pretty rewarding career.”
Students have already been working hard in order get a spot in the minor. CSU junior, Dalton Linkus, is working toward a career in sports analytics and said he hopes that this fall, his spot in the minor will help move him closer to achieving his goal.
“It’s hard to get into the sports field,” Linkus said. “(The minor) helps because it is good PR that will get you good experience doing what they actually do. If you are only taking regular college classes, you might never know.”
Applications for declaring a minor in Sports Management for fall 2015 have been processed, but applications for spring 2016 will be accepted mid-fall semester.