My name is Kevin Palladino and I am a member of the class of 2015 at Merrimack College. I am majoring in Sport Management and Marketing. I am from North Andover, and my house is only two miles from the school, so I am a commuter. I have thought about living on campus, but living so close to the school makes it easy for me to be on campus whenever needed.
The Girard School of Business and International Commerce are growing Sport Management Department. We currently have about 80 students who have declared a Sports Management concentration in the Girard School of Business. The School of Business offers us great insight on the entire business field with general courses so we are able to take on any challenges in the real world. Sports Management starts with the right professors and them not only teaching you about different Sports Management topics, but the importance of networking and connections is in this field, and insights into the sports industry. About once a semester we are lucky enough to bring a guest speaker along, who is able to talk to us about their work in the sports industry and how they made it there. With a successful athletic department, Merrimack is able to give students the opportunity to grow in the classroom and have hands on experience in Merrimack’s sports facilities. The best thing that the sport management department as a whole has stressed to all of its students is that success comes from networking and knowing people. Merrimack is a growing school but the classroom sizes are small, so you get to know all of your professors very well. Merrimack and the Sports Management Department/Club are growing in making connections with local teams and companies in the Sports Industry, and we plan to host two panel nights where guest speakers give us insight about the sports world.
Merrimack College has helped me gain a lot of hands-on experience where I am able to learn about Sports Management on-campus. For the past two seasons, I have worked over at the school’s Athletic Department videotaping hockey games and working a lot of basketball and lacrosse games. For sports other than hockey, I am usually involved in doing pre-game setup and post-game take down of the facilities. Last summer I started an internship with the Lowell Spinners, who are a Class A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. I am going back for the summer of 2013 as well to assist them in the Food and Beverage department. I was also lucky enough last fall to work as an intern with the New England Patriots. The preparation for a three-hour football game is unbelievable. That internship taught me a lot about how important it was to know the ins-and-outs of one of the largest and most successful sports businesses in the world. I am planning to work another internship next fall at XOS Digital, located in Wilmington, Massachusetts, about 15 minutes down the road from Merrimack College. The more you improve your resume in this field the better.
So far, my decision to come to Merrimack has been the best decision I’ve ever made. Merrimack has given me the tools I need to succeed in every facet of my post-college career. Merrimack is the place to be for students who want to learn how to succeed in the sports industry.