By Miles Surrey ’15

As the Washington Wizards 2014–15 regular season schedule is released to the public, fans of the team mark their calendars for the biggest matchups of the year. With 41 games at the Verizon Center in Chinatown, supporters have a plethora of opportunities to travel to downtown D.C. by car, train or bus to watch the team.

However, for managing web editor, Jeremy Hyman, the schedule marks his fourth year traveling with the Wizards. When he looks at the schedule, he sees the Wizards’ five-game west coast trip beginning on Dec. 29 against the Houston Rockets, and culminating with a Jan. 5 matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans.

“When the season starts, it’s my whole life,” Hyman said. “There’s definitely people that would not do it. They need things more balanced, or some kind of family life, but for me right now, I still like that lifestyle and I like being on the road.”

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Are you ready for some [flag] football? If so, please join us on Saturday, October 25th starting at 2 p.m. for the Sport Event and Networking Club’s flag football tournament.

1) 7-on-7 (co-rec)
2) $25 for a team by October 15th; $5 per person up to the registration deadline of October 23rd
3) Teams can sign up by emailing Clark Stridsberg at
4) Door prizes include multiple Verizon Bluetooth headsets. (And other potential gift cards.) The winning team will receive t-shirts.
5) Rogan’s has donated sheet pizzas for all participants.

Make sure to check out the official SENC Flag Football Facebook page for more information and updates! Interested in joining the Sport Event & Networking Club? Meetings are held every Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Hill Center 107.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate Sport Administration program will host an open house on Thursday, October 9th to promote the program and associated opportunities.

The session will take place at 6:00 p.m. at John W. Pope Stadium Box. Interested students will have the opportunity to learn about the program and interact with faculty, current, and former students. Additionally, there will be a facility tour and an opportunity to attend the women’s soccer match.

Questions? Unable to attend the event? Please contact current graduate student Joe Smaldone (Ithaca College, Sport Management ’13) at

UNC Sport Administration Graduate Program
The UNC Sport Administration Graduate Program, founded in the fall of 1982, is designed to develop students into leaders that have a strong understanding of the key issues in college athletics. By blending the theoretical and practical elements of learning, the goal is to produce individual who will make a positive change on the sport industry.


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My Internship Experience is a series where Ithaca College students share their time in the field of Sport Management and Media. From mid-May to the beginning of August, senior Sport Media major Miles Surrey worked as a communications intern at D.C. United, Washington D.C.’s Major League Soccer team.

By Miles Surrey ’15

Leaving the club after spending so much time around the players and — most important — my coworkers, is bittersweet. With this being my first time working for a sports team, rather than covering it, here are some tips I learned along the way:

Expect the Unexpected
Obviously, your boss is going to give you a breakdown of what your job responsibilities will be before you arrive, but even if it appears to be a cliché in the classroom with our professors, it’s true. Every day working in sports brings a new challenge. One day, I was planning on interviewing a player for a feature I had planned, and he bolted to go to the dentist. Another day, I was informed that the team traded for a player from another MLS team and it was important to look up information on him and draft a press release ASAP. Although planning ahead and getting organized is a great skill to have, sometimes you have to stop what you’re doing at a moment’s notice and work on another task that’s entirely different.

Don’t Be Discouraged
With this internship I was looking forward to feature writing and hopefully having a lot of articles published on the team’s website and in the game day booklets that are distributed to fans in attendance. However, the player I wrote my first feature on promptly left the team just a day before the story would’ve been published online. Another feature that I wrote has not yet been published because the player I wrote about sustained an injury. Bad breaks happen, and there’s no need to beat yourself up over it. Always be motivated to pitch another story idea. Either that, or I truly am a curse to the team, and they’re thankful that I’m leaving.

Bring Coffee
When you’re working for a sports team, much like being a journalist, the hours are going to be quite irregular. During the World Cup, I had a couple of two-hour work days because the team was off and my boss told me it was important not to miss the biggest and best sports tournament on the planet. In contrast, on game days, I arrived to the stadium at noon and didn’t leave until midnight. It’s during and at the end of games that you need to be the most focused, so coffee — or any form of caffeine — is your best friend.

Keep in Touch
On my last day, I said my farewells to my boss and the rest of my coworkers, and all of them echoed the same sentiment: keep in touch. I was fortunate to work for such a close-knit group, and most of the staff had been interns themselves at one point. It’s impossible to know what’s going to happen nine months before graduation, but it’s reassuring to know that they want me to visit the next time I’m in the city. These people aren’t just your coworkers or friends — they’re valuable connections in a competitive industry. If people ask you to keep in touch, it’s in your best interest to do so.

Photo courtesy of D.C. United/Rebecca Payne

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It’s time for our annual Careers in Sport Symposium.

Any and all campus and community members are invited to stop by Saturday, October 11th starting at 8:00 a.m. in Textor Hall.

Below are some details about this year’s event:

What: This year’s Symposium — which coincides with Homecoming/Alumni Weekend — will feature three rounds of four panels: Trends in Sport Management & Marketing; Sales & Sport; Emerging Technology in Sport Media; Internship Advice/Graduate School Consideration. Alumni/ae experts from each field will be available to offer advice and insight from their respective industry.

Where: The “meet and greet” breakfast will take place outside Textor 101 at 8:00 a.m. Following the breakfast, the awards portion of the gathering will be in Textor 101 at approximately 9:00 a.m. After the recognition of our alumni/ae and non-alumni/ae contributors, panels will take place in various rooms throughout Friends Hall until 11:45 a.m. (Specific room details will be provided day of the event.)

Why: This is a fantastic opportunity for our current majors, minors and non-majors to mingle and network with alumni/ae who are professionals in the management, media or continuing education industries. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about emerging trends in the sport field; gain insight about the appropriate paths to take toward gainful employment; and listen to new perspectives about the sport industry.

Who: Alumni/ae industry experts from all facets of the sport industry . . . more details about our experts to follow.

Reminder: Formal/professional attire for this event is strongly recommended.

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If you’re interested in joining the Sport Event & Networking Club for the 2014-2015 academic year, the first meeting is tomorrow (9/9) at 6:00 p.m. in Hill 107.

The Sport Management and Media departmental club helps put on events such as The Glow Run and Color Run, which draw thousands of participants each year. Additionally, the club creates and manages its own events, such as a flag football tournament next month; a late-night volleyball tournament; and some other events throughout the year.

This club is a great way to get involved on campus and can help everyone in the future when trying to get a job or run your own events. We also will help people with their resumes and anything else club participants need in order to be successful in the sport industry.

Question? Contact club president Clark Stridsberg (Sport Management ’16) at: or club vice president Brandon Bozek (Sport Management ’15) at:

The semester-long ICNYC program is now open to select majors from all five schools. The program centers on a six-credit internship and at least six credits of coursework; classroom-based and online courses are available for students.

ICNYC is designed to let students live and gain real work experience in one of the most dynamic cities in the world. Grab hold of your opportunity.

HSHP Students: Before submitting your application, please join us Thursday, September 18th from 12:10 – 1:05 p.m. in Hill Center G-75B to learn more about the ICNYC program. This is a great opportunity for anyone wishing to apply for either next semester or beyond!

SPMM Students in ICNYC:
Fall 2013: Matthew Stenberg, Sport Media (SiriusXM NFL Radio) — Read about Matt’s ICNYC experience here
Fall 2014: Skyler Northcutt, Sport Media (MSG Entertainment // NY Rangers)

Deadline for Spring 2015 Applications:
• Students must submit completed applications to their School Representative by Monday, October 13th
• Students will receive decision letters by Friday, October 24th
• Accepted students must confirm their participation in the Spring 2015 ICNYC Program by Friday, October 31st
• ICNYC On-Campus Orientation: Friday, November 7th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in BUS 111.

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Ithaca High School Athletic Boosters Club is creating a website and wants to honor alumni of the Ithaca High School Athletic program.

Interviewers, writers and editors are needed to create alumni profile pieces and bios for the website. If interested and available, please contact Kyle Woody ( and/or Dr. Mary Turner DePalma ( Fieldwork or independent study credit(s) available.

If you want to join the campus television station, here’s your chance.

ICTV will host a rush night TONIGHT (9/2) starting at 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites.

The European Sport Experience: this two-week program during the Winter 2015 term will provide students with an opportunity to experience the sport culture in two European countries: Austria and Germany.

Students will gain first-hand experience with the culture surrounding sports popular in these two countries, including the winter sports of skiing, bobsled and skeleton; acquire knowledge through visits to museums, sports venues, national/international sport federations and have opportunities to speak with industry professionals; and also cover an international sporting event as members of the media.

Applications for program due: Friday, September 12th
Students notified of acceptance: Wednesday, September 17th
Deposit ($500) due: Wednesday, September 24th
Remaining payment due: Friday, October 31st

Want to apply? Click here.

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The expressed opinions in this blog are those of the individual authors and do not represent Ithaca College.