The Sport Business Association

Written by Sydney Unger


It’s the beginning of a new semester and maybe you are wanting to get more involved on campus. Sport Business Association (SBA) is always a great way to get more involved. For those of you that do not know about SBA it is an organization on campus that meets every month, has guest speakers, and we take lots of exciting trips. Most people think SBA is only for Sport Management Majors, but it isn’t. Anyone that loves sports and wants to network is more than welcome to join us.

The first event we will have this year is on Thursday, September 29th at 8pm. There, we will have our first guest speakers of the year: Coach Jodie Holava, the softball and assistant athletic director, and Coach Kaycee Butt, the women’s golf coach and assistant softball coach here at Defiance College. They will be here to speak with us about what they do and how they got to where they are today. This will be a great networking opportunity for anyone that is wanting to get in any kind of sport related field! We would love to hear who you would like to have come in and speak, and we will try our best to get them here!

In my first two years here at DC we have gone on quite a few trips with Sport Business Association. We have been to the Cleveland, where we received a tour of the Browns practice facility and after that we went to a hockey rink to take a tour and see everything that happens behind the scenes. In 2014 we went to Detroit for a networking event, where we were able to meet professionals and network with anyone and everyone that was there. In 2015 we went to Toledo and received a tour of the Huntington Center, where the Toledo Walleye play. After the tour, we sat through the game, and some of us even participated in half time events! It was a great experience and an amazing opportunity. Our big trip last year was to Indianapolis, Indiana where we toured Lucas Oil Stadium home of the Indianapolis Colts. We were on the field, in the locker rooms, and inside the press boxes: You name it, we saw it. That day, we also went to the Farmer’s Coliseum, where the hockey team Indy Fuel plays. We had our tour and then we went on our way home.

As you can see, we do a lot with our club.  Not only does it look great on an application, but it is also a great group of people to be involved with. Below I have listed the board of SBA. If you have any questions about SBA, feel free to ask any of them questions!  I hope to see you at our next meeting!


President: Sydney Unger

Vice President: Ashley Williams

Secretary: Jackie Hartman

Treasurer: Paul Collins

Marketing: Katie Tillman

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