A sports career isn’t just about hitting 3-pointers or running 100 yards in 10 seconds.
At an event held at Arizona State University this summer, a group of high school students received information and hands-on learning about careers in various sports from industry experts. central california, Located in the historic Herald Examiner Building in downtown Los Angeles.
In a panel discussion titled “Making Moves Beyond the Game,” students at Davis Middle School in Compton, California, explored how innovation and creativity can benefit their careers and transformative thinking in the world of sports. Hear from industry experts about the importance of Panelists included Shea Dawson of Overtime, a sports league that offers young athletes avenues to accelerate their professional careers. Jack McLendon of the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams. With Alonzo Jones of Sun Devil Athletics at ASU.
Davis Middle School is part of the Verizon Innovative Learning program, giving students access to the technology and skills they need to succeed in today’s digital economy. This initiative is made possible by Verizon he through a partnership with ASU’s J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute. The institute provides schools like Davis with the technology, curriculum and training necessary to deliver her STEM education.
The panel is part of the ‘Global Sport of Entrepreneurship’ event, world sports institute and the J. Olin Edson Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship June 6th.
After the panel, Davis students will use the advice they received in the morning to develop business ideas, prototypes, and solutions related to the intersection of sports and entrepreneurship, and present them to a panel of judges. I was.
José González, Davis’ teacher, said his students’ confidence improved after the experience.
“I think it was very inspiring for the students to have the opportunity to work and collaborate with professionals and adults outside the classroom,” she said. “We are seeing a difference in the classroom now. There is more collaboration and more project-based learning.”
With the support of Davis High School Principal Patrick Sullivan, students participated in the daylong event.
Davis is a Title I school. This means that over 40% of her enrolled students come from low-income families. For some students, the panel opened their eyes to a world of possibilities within the sports industry.
“I didn’t know you didn’t have to be an athlete to work in the sports industry,” said one student.
Similarly, on-site judges and ASU staff found the student speeches to be equally insightful.
Sabrina Sull, program manager for the Youth Entrepreneurship Team at the J. Olin Edson Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, said: “It was very impressive for them to express what the community needed based on their own interests and experiences.”