On March 20th and 22nd, the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament took place right here in Buffalo, NY at the First Niagara Center (Home of the Buffalo Sabres and the Buffalo Bandits). The tournament was co-hosted by The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) as well as Canisius College and Niagara University.  Both Undergraduate Sport Management students as well as MSA students had the opportunity to work at this tournament. Prior to this event, students also had the opportunity to travel to Massachusetts to get involved with the (MAAC) basketball tournament.

Here is what some of our students had to say about these opportunities:

“Volunteering at this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament was an unforgettable experience that gave me a better understanding of how an actual live sporting event takes place.  It was awesome meeting all of the media, coaches, players, and athletic directors from all the different schools.” – Undergraduate Sport Management Student

“Being able to work the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament was a great opportunity to network with professionals from the MAAC and the teams administrators who were at the tournament. I was also able to work the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament with a few Canisius MSA students last year in San Jose, California where we got to meet and network with some great people from the West Coast Conference and San Jose Sports Authority. Working the event gave me some great knowledge and insight with how an event of that magnitude is put together and ran behind the scenes.”-MSA Student

“In my two years at Canisius as a member of the MSA program, I have worked two NCAA men’s basketball regionals and both were phenomenal experiences for me. As a lifelong sports fan, it was thrilling to share a supervisory role in one of the world’s premiere sporting events and as a potential job seeker the ability to network with administrators from participating schools, their conferences and the NCAA was even more valuable.” -MSA Student
“Working at the tournament was a once in a lifetime opportunity and it was so cool to work behind the scenes of a sporting event that I watched since I was little.” -Undergraduate Sport Management Student
 Janelle Stegeland & Samantha Deem