Shipping up to Boston

Sport Management Association visits Beantown and more

By Greg Jubert

NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y.- On Apr. 4, 22 students from Niagara University’s Sport Management traveled out to Massachusetts for a special trip that created tons of memories. The students, along with Prof. Mike Gentile and Dr. Patti Millar arrived in the early evening on Tuesday as they prepared for the long day that was rapidly approaching.

On Apr. 5, the members started their trip with a tour around the facilities of Harvard University, including Harvard Stadium, the Bright-Landry Hockey Center and Blodgett Pool. The tour guide for the morning festivities was a Niagara alum in Andrew Chesebro (’07). Chesebro, who now considers Monteagle Ridge his old stomping grounds, currently works in the Harvard Varsity Club as Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications. He also played a prominent role back in 2013 in helping to launch the Ivy League Digital Network.

After visiting Harvard, the students engaged in the fifth annual Sports and Entertainment Career Fair, put together by the Boston Red Sox. Located within the concourse of Fenway Park, the event allowed students to talk to organizations including the Red Sox, New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, New England Sports Network and many more. Included with the entry to the fair included tickets to the evening’s game between the Red Sox and the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was here that students not only were able to see the debut of star pitcher Chris Sale in a Boston uniform, but also a walk-off home run in the 12th inning by Boston catcher Sandy Leon, as the Red Sox downed the Pirates 3-0.

On the way home the next day, the students traveled to Springfield where they were able to experience the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Here students, were able see Niagara history on display, including Hall of Famers Calvin Murphy and Hubie Brown. The students also shot on the Hall of Fame court before retuning to Niagara Falls later that night.

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