Canisius College Master of Sport Administration program will be putting on its 13th annual Bowl N’ Blast fundraiser this April, with all benefits going to the Special Olympics of Western New York. A class of eight students is putting on the event with the help of their professor, and MSA alumni Andrea Gregory. The Bowl N’ Blast will be taking place on April 24th at 1pm at the AMF Airport lanes in Cheektowaga.
Special Events in Sports is an elective as part of the MSA program. The class is offered every spring to help educate students, and give hands on experience, in the ins and outs of running an event. It only took one class to learn that my brief experience of volunteering for fundraisers was only the surface of what it really takes to run an event. The class is laid out so that you can apply the information you learn in class to the Bowl N’ Blast fundraiser the following week. We go over in class budgets, sponsorship, and marketing just to name a few topics.
The class is however more than just Bowl N’ Blast fundraiser, because special events aren’t always fundraisers in a bowling alley. So we set up tours with other MSA alumni in the area to see what kind of events they help to put on. This led us to have tours of places like the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, the First Niagara Center, and the Buffalo Niagara Court Center. Getting to see the behind the scene action showed us how different sporting events, concerts, fundraisers are put on from venues big to small.
We hope you will join all those attending the 13th annual Bowl N’ Blast on April 24th at 1pm. Come out enjoy a few hours of bowling, food, raffles and prizes and see the hard work of eight MSA students as they donate all their profits to the Special Olympics of Western New York.