The Healing Power of Sports

“In every community, there is work to do be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.”

— Marianne Williamson

Sports play an important role in our society. After the massacres that occurred at Newtown Elementary School, sports became a rallying call for normalcy and healing. On Sunday, Fairfield University organized Newtown Day at its men’s basketball game at Webster Arena. More than 300 children attended and participated in events surrounding the game: children from Newtown stood on the court with the players during the national anthem; lined up to give the players high-fives; participated in games of skill during time-outs; helped clean the floor during time-outs; and assisted the cheering squad. This spring, Fairfield is also planning an all-sports clinic for Newtown children in the spring. (more…)

MAACachusettes (Yr 2)

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 MAAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship

Seven MSA students, and myself, on Tuesday got back from Springfield, Massachusetts. 16 games, 82 hours working and 11 hours of travel, will make any reasonable person go crazy!  The MAAC Men’s and Women’s basketball championships were held in Springfield for the second time. Our group worked very hard at all major facets of the tournaments.  We had students handling the media, team check-ins, promotions, running statistics, and every other job possible. Sports are not your traditional 9am-5pm occupations and it very often involves working nights and weekends.  Without enthusiasm working this many hours will almost always lead to burnout. What the MAAC Championship really reiterated was that without vision, hard work, and enthusiasm the MAAC conference would still be in neutral. After working a long weekend this is what I have learned from the MAAC Championships. (more…)

San Jose and March Madness

“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”

Bruce Lee

With the large alumni around the country, Canisius MSA students got another great opportunity to volunteer and make great connections. Robert Tigani, MSA 2012, recently had an internship with the West Coast Conference(WCC) (he recently accepted a job at San Francisco University), and was able to secure volunteer positions at the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men’s basketball March Madness this past weekend at HP Pavilion in San Jose. Four students were able to travel and volunteer for the games. This was a great opportunity to meet contacts on the west coast and expand their networking possibilities. Trips like this are common in the MSA program and another great reason to look into the volunteer opportunities that each master’s degree has to offer. (more…)

What not to do!

“The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.”

Edmund Burke

With the newest revelations out of Rutgers University, Mike Rice has been fired for the abuse of his players. If you lived under a rock for the past couple of days, I will give you the cliff notes version. On April 3, 2013 Mike Rice was fired after a video surfaced of him being physical with players in practice and using homophobic slurs. Mike Rice, settled on a $475,000 contract resolution and will not be coaching at Rutgers anymore.

What makes this case unique is that we have been discussing it every class. From Contract Negations/Risk Management, Intercollegiate, Strategic Marketing, Leadership, and finally Ethics and Morality in Sports, this case is unique and will be used for years. All of these classes have been discussing the issues and difficulties of this particular case. In Strategic Marketing we discussed how, or what, Rutgers has to do in regards to a marketing perspective to bring in revenue dollars. In Contract Negotiations we looked into his contract and how as managers we could minimize our loses or expenses of hiring and firing of a new coach. What makes sports unique is that it is always changing and daily we can discuss these topics and address them from both a practical and academic setting. (more…)

I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it!

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
John F. Kennedy

Today will be my last post, and I wanted to give everybody some final advice and thank those that have helped me in the program. When I came to Canisius, I was older than most student’s on-campus and I came to fulfill my lifelong dream of working in a sports setting and helping change the lives of others. Today, I am closer to that dream and its because of all the hard work that I put in, but also the mentors, professors, and individuals that I have met along the way.

First, I would like to thank Dr. O’Rourke who has helped me tremendously. I can say, that when I leave, I leave with a mentor, but also a friend I can call anytime who will do anything for me. Dr. O’Rourke also gave m a chance to install some change in the program when I started MSA Cares and I am thankful that he saw my vision and allowed me to go forward. (more…)