Big Initiative Winners

Class of 2017

  • About Christopher Henderson, Valedictorian 2017

    Syracuse University

    Chris Henderson is a Senior Sport Management Major at Syracuse University, originally from Los Angeles, CA. Chris began his career in sports at an early age, working at sport agencies Wasserman Media Group and Relativity Sports in Business Development and Finance before his freshman year at SU. In 2016, Chris interned at the 2016 Rio Olympics with NBC in its Sport Communications department. This past summer Chris interned in the Global Sales department at Legends, where he prospected international companies as sponsors for different NFL and MLS properties. In addition, Chris is a Team Manager for the Syracuse University men’s basketball team.
    Chris contributed to creating the Professional Basketball Combine as Assistant Director. The inaugural event in May consisted of 23 draft eligible players with 25 NBA scouts and executives representing 16 NBA teams. Since the event, 6 of the players in attendance have agreed to NBA contracts for the upcoming season. Going forward, Chris is excited to grow the PBC while pursuing a full- time career in sports business where he can make a lasting impact on the industry.
  • About Alex Sheinman

    Penn State University

    Alex is currently a senior student at Penn State University. Alex started his sports career at Source Communications where he worked closely with clients such as Buffalo Wild Wings, Subway, Wise Chips and Amtrak. From there, Alex became a brand ambassador for NFL Sunday Ticket selling their football package to all Penn State students. Alex’s team ranks second in sales across the country.
     In his junior year, Alex interned with Major League Baseball Advanced Media in the strategic planning sponsorship department. It was there; he worked closely with MLB.tv and the new client NHL Network. This past summer, Alex interned with the National Football League working with NFL Fantasy and NFL Mobile in the digital media market department.
    Aside from sports, Alex is involved in a startup company called ID Entertainment. ID Entertainment hosts’ music festivals at colleges around the country, the first show with Post Malone had 3,000 students in attendance. Alex loves the grind when it comes to sports & entrepreneurship. You can find him running a Tough Mudder, traveling, or playing Madden.
    Alex is leading the efforts of building a sports business conference at Penn State, coming this March!
  • About Alexis Rizzo

    Fordham University

    Alexis is a senior at Fordham University in the Bronx, NY majoring in Digital Technology & Emerging Media, with a minor in Computer Science. Growing up in Ridgewood, NJ Alexis learned at an early age that her love of sports would lead her to a career in the industry. She is
    currently the Vice-President of the Business of Sports Society at Fordham University, and an Operations Assistant for the Fordham Football team.
    Alexis had an extremely fulfilling summer as an intern for the MLB Commissioner’s Office in the Information Security department, which solidified her desire to pursue a career in the sports industry. She is fascinated by the technological tools and innovations that shape the sports world today. Her ultimate goal is to combine her passion for
    digital media with her love of sports to enhance the experiences of organizations, athletes, and fans.
    Outside of sports, Alexis enjoys Irish Dancing, photography, and exploring NYC.
  • Currently a USC junior, Kaylie’s focus is the business of sports in the country’s most active sports market.
    She served the Special Olympics World Games as a Media Operations Specialist by day, working evenings as a Workforce Manager on scheduling of 30,000 staffers and volunteers. She interned at Mandalay Sports Media, working on an ESPN “30 for 30” production called Hardwood Dreams.
    Kaylie coordinated efforts for the USC Athletics charity Swim With Mike, which provides scholarships for physically challenged athletes. One recipient is currently an undergraduate student at U of M.
    She is in her second season with the Los Angeles Clippers, working on the team’s MVP sales platforms. She also works in USC Football as a Recruiting and Operations Intern. One of 14 sorority members elected to the prestigious Panhellenic Council, as Vice President of Campus Wellness & Athletics she coordinates activities for 3,000 Greek women at USC.
    The first female on the Executive Board of USC’s Sports Business Association, she directed the organization’s Planning Committee. Her aggressive dive into the LA sports environment has shown Kaylie’s interest in utilizing learnings from both in and out of the classroom to jump start her chosen career.
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  • Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Madeline Heaps is a senior at the University of California, Berkeley double majoring in Media Studies and Political Science. Throughout her undergraduate career, Madeline has sought out opportunities in collegiate athletic media relations. For the past three years, she has served as a Media Relations Student Assistant at UC Berkeley Department of Athletics, most recently acting as the primary contact for men’s and women’s cross country and supporting public relations operations for most of California’s 30 intercollegiate sports. Madeline also serves as a Campus Director and Manager for University Tees, Vice President of Communications for the UC Berkeley Panhellenic Executive Council, and is a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. After completing her Bachelor degrees in May of 2018, she hopes to continue her career and education in the sports information industry, with a focus in marketing, branding and communications.
  • About Melanie Yu

    University of Toronto

    Melanie Yu is a senior at the University of Toronto studying for her Bachelor’s of Commerce. She has been involved in sports business for several years, most notably as the first female president of the University of Toronto Sports and Business Association which hosts the largest student run sports conference in Canada. Additionally, she was the Executive Assistant for the Development League at the University of Toronto, managing 12 teams with over 250 players in four sports.
    She is currently one of two Communications Interns at PrimeTime Sports and Entertainment, running their Twitter and Facebook account as well as creating half of the promotional graphics.
  • About Noah Klayman

    University of Pennsylvania

    Noah Klayman is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Psychology and minoring in French. On campus, Noah is the Outreach Chair for the Wharton Undergraduate Sports Business Club— a role that involves organizing career fairs and bringing well-established sports industry professionals to campus. He has interned at Scout Sports and Entertainment, Turner Sports, Overtime, and Bloomberg Sports. This past summer at Scout, Noah evaluated sports sponsorship proposals and generated innovative activation strategies for the agency’s clients. He is working remotely this semester for the rapidly growing startup Overtime where he has held various positions since a summer internship in 2015.
  • About Elena Kyriakos

    Elon University

    My name is Elena Kyriakos, I am a senior at Elon University studying Strategic Communications with minors in Sport Management and Digital Art. During the past four years, I have had the opportunity to work among many industry professionals both inside and outside the classroom.
    Last year I was immersed in the industry with an internship as a Logger during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics for NBC Sports. My responsibilities were to work along side associate directors, logging live feeds from the Olympics.
    This summer, I interned at the National Football League in NYC, working on digital media sales. At the NFL, I was exposed to junior account executive work such as creating marketing decks with custom media opportunities, met with advertising agency personnel, researched competitive marketplace data and constructed recap packages for past sponsorships.
    This coming February, while continuing my studies at Elon, I will be working as a shot selector on the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics for NBC Sports.
    Winning this award is a tremendous honor and humbling experience. I look forward to continuing my career in sports communication and hope to one day shape the sports industry.
  • About Savannah McVoy

    Adrian College

    Savannah is from Lexington, Kentucky. This year, she will be a junior at Adrian College studying Sports Management with a minor in Leadership Ethics. Working in the sports industry is definitely a
    primarily passion of Savanah’s, as she is proud to severe as the Vice
    President of the Society of Sports Management. Although this is only her third year as a member of Adrian’s Varsity Synchronized Skating Team, skating has been apart of her life since she was five years old. After she graduates in 2019, she hopes to purse a master’s degree in Sports’ Administration.
  • About Will Bubenik

    Temple University

    Will Bubenik is a senior Sport & Recreation Management major at Temple University with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Born and raised in St. Louis, Will is the youngest of four, and all three of his older siblings have disabilities. Seeing the massive impact that programs like the Special Olympics had on his siblings inspired Will to set out on a mission to change the world through sport.
    Will has gathered a variety of unique experiences in the industry. He is set to begin his 4th season with the Philadelphia 76ers as a Talent Manager for the mascot, Franklin the Dog. In 2016, he was selected as 1 of 25 members of the Manhattan Sports Business Academy, an experience that has had a profound impact on his life and career aspirations. As part of the program, he interned at Krossover in Business Development. Finally, he spent the past summer interning at Leverage Agency managing corporate social responsibility campaigns.
    Will credits his mom, Amy, as the driving influence in his life. After these experiences, Will has started The Amy Carol Project (TACP), a community named after his mom and Maw Maw dedicated to enhancing the disability experience through sports, entrepreneurship, and employment.

Class of 2016

  • About Josh Klein

    Cornell University

    Josh is a senior in the ILR School at Cornell University, pursuing minors in business and law. On campus, he is the Co-President of the Big Red Sports Network (Cornell’s only exclusively student-run sports media organization on campus) and Vice President of Events for the Cornell ILR Sports Business Society.  Josh has interned for NBC Sports at the Rio Olympics as well as Horizon Media in the Scout Sports and Entertainment Marketing division.  This past summer, he worked at Deloitte in Strategy & Operations Consulting and was staffed on an international expansion project, formulating new market entry strategy for a real estate client.

  • About Bradley Wolff

    The University of Texas at Austin

    Brad’s career in the sports realm began at the ripe age of 10 when he launched The King of Sports Blog. That eight year journey enabled Brad to interview hundreds of star athletes from Michael Irvin to John Wall. Brad’s experiences in sports vary from being the chairman of The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation Financial Literacy programming to working on the Strategic Ventures team at DraftKings. Brad has experience with SXSW on their SXsports team, Boeing, and is been an active chairperson in the Undergraduate Business Council. Brad won the Michigan Sports Business Conference (MSBC) BIG Initiative Award, been a finalist in UM’s SEBC competition and the NBA’s Hackathon, and been named a Quora Top Writer. He is a senior majoring in Business Honors and Finance at The University of Texas at Austin.

  • About Kevin Socolow

    University of Southern California

    Kevin Socolow is currently a senior at University of Southern California studying Business Administration with a minor in Sports Media Studies. On campus he is a Co-President of the USC Sports Business Association where he helps educate and connect fellow students in the fields of the sports industry they are passionate about. He has had several unique internships with Premier Partnerships, Wasserman, Lagardere Sports & Entertainment, and United World Sports. Kevin’s passion for sports business has also taken him across the world. He participated in the 2012 Doha G.O.A.L.S. Forum in Doha, Qatar and spent part of the 2016 summer working for a Chinese sports marketing company in Shanghai, China.

Class of 2015

  • About Nick Laub

    Colgate University

    Nick is a senior at Colgate university, where he serves as the Captain of the Div. 1 men’s tennis team and President of the Student-Athlete-Advisory-Committee. Since starting his career as a US Open Ball Boy in 2008, he has interned for CAA Sports (New York), Octagon (London), ESPN (London), Tennis Channel (Paris), and the Connecticut open (Connecticut). He is currently working on co-founding a program to support former Patriot League student-athletes and current Paralympians on their road to the 2016 Paralympic games in Rio.

  • About Sydney Schneider

    University of Pennsylvania

    Sydney Schneider is a Senior at The University of Pennsylvania with a passion for furthering sports business initiatives. On campus, Sydney acts as the sales liaison between the Philadelphia 76ers and her dance team, The Quaker Girls. Her work experience allowed her to see how sports are portrayed on various platforms and how different types of fans interact with their favorite sports and athletes. At FOX29, Sydney interviewed a variety of notable individuals, including Philadelphia Flyers, and at the NBA, Sydney worked with the Merchandising and Marketing teams to identify and create products for a variety of fans
  • About Nikhil Oza

    Georgetown University

    Nik Oza is a senior math major at Georgetown University and a shortstop on the Georgetown club baseball team. As a freshman, he founded the Georgetown Sports Analysis, Business and Research Group. He has previously worked in basketball analytics for the Charlotte Hornets and in baseball analytics for the Tampa Bay Rays, and will be working in baseball analytics for the Los Angeles Dodgers after graduation.

  • About Matthew Provenzano

    Cornell University

  • About Kyle Kwaske

    Aquinas College

    Kyle Kwaske is a senior at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan finishing up his Business Administration/Sport Management dual major along with a Marketing minor. He is currently a Sales and Marketing Associate for the NBA D-League’s Grand Rapids Drive and has been with the team from its beginning. Kwaske has completed internships with the Houston Texans, Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame, Grand Rapids Drive and most recently, the NBA this past summer. Kyle has accepted an offer as an NBA Associate at their headquarters in New York City beginning this September.

  • About Matthew Frosoni

    Texas Tech University

    Matthew Frosoni is a senior at Texas Tech University pursuing degrees in Marketing and Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. He has spent the last two summers in Baltimore, MD interning at Under Armour, Inc., working in sports marketing and retail operations. He led the 2015 Summer League Sample Sale, an event that donated $275,000 to Living Classrooms Foundation. He has also interned for the Texas Tech Athletic Department, overseeing promotions and fan engagement for football and men’s basketball.

  • About Marcus Fuller

    Brown University

    Marcus Fuller is a senior at Brown University, where he will soon earn a degree in Business, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations. He also plays quarterback for the Brown football team, and in 2015 became just the third player in school history to be named captain in two consecutive seasons. Marcus spent 11 months working with the Super Bowl XILX Champion New England Patriots, most recently in the role of Business Development Coordinator. He has accepted an offer to join data-driven sports consultancy Futures Sport + Entertainment upon graduation.

  • About David Goldstein

    Princeton University

    David Goldstein is a Junior at Princeton University. He is currently an Undergraduate Assistant Coach for the Men’s Varsity Soccer Team. He is the founder of Countywide Concussion Care, a comprehensive concussion management and education program in Miami-Dade county, and helped pass Youth Concussion Legislation in Florida. In addition, he has worked for the professional soccer organization Atlético Nacional S.A. in Medellín, Colombia as a sports business and coaching intern, and he was the broadcaster for Princeton Varsity Baseball and Sprint Football.

  • About Daniel Abraham

    St. John's University

  • About Arco Recto

    University of Toronto

Class of 2014

  • About Alex Smith

    Cornell University

    Alex Smith is a senior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He is currently serving as a Co-Chair for the 2014 Ivy Sports Symposium and is the President of the ILR Cornell Sports Business Society. Additionally, he is the founder and Editor-In-Chief of the blog Batting Leadoff, which aims to provide individuals interested in careers in baseball a space to showcase their work. He interned this past summer for the New York Mets in baseball operations and has also been a relief pitcher on Cornell’s varsity baseball team for the past three seasons.

  • About Jesse Sherman

    Cornell University

    Jesse Sherman is a founder of the Big Red Sports Network, the first student-run multimedia organization devoted to Cornell athletics. In 2012, he broadcasted Cornell’s NCAA Regional baseball games. He was on Cornell’s winning team in the 2014 SABR Diamond Dollars Case Competition. He was a baseball intern at The Legacy Agency in 2014 and a Citi account intern at GroupM ESP in 2013. He is Editor-in-Chief of the ILR Sports Business Society’s “Sports Inc.” magazine.

  • About Erika Mueller

    Brown Univeristy

    Erika Mueller is a dynamic changemaker with a passion for sport. Erika is working toward completing her Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies at Brown University. Former captain of the Brown softball team and Royce Sport and Society Fellow, she recently gathered professional experience in the UK and South Africa at both the elite and grassroots levels of sport for development. Erika currently serves as the Executive Director of Sports Symposium Inc.

  • About Aaron Malave

    University of Central Flordia

    Aaron Malave is a senior at the University of Central Florida majoring in Marketing with a minor in the DeVos Undergraduate Sport Business Management Program. He currently serves as a Marketing Partnerships Assistant with Florida Citrus Sports. Also has also previously held internship positions with the Orlando Magic, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NCAA/Central Florida Sports Commission, UCF Athletics, Athlete Connections Foundation, and Catch-NYC as well as has been a Teaching & Research Assistant for DeVos program leadership.

  • About Scott Kevy

    Syracuse University

    Scott Kevy is a senior at Syracuse University, majoring in Sport Management and minoring in Information Management & Technology. Scott has held many leadership positions in the Sport Management Club at Syracuse University, as well as their Annual Charity Sports Auction, which to date has raised nearly $213,000 for non-profit organizations throughout the Central New York community. In the past two summers, he has interned with Monumental Sports & Entertainment and Turner Sports.

  • About Lauren Howe

    University of Toronto

    Lauren Howe is a third year Industrial Engineering Student at the University of Toronto and of the Vice President of their Sports and Business Association. Previously being the host of the university’s Varsity Sports Show, she is now the In-Arena Host for the Toronto Maple Leafs where she delivers in-game content to 20,000 individuals each home game as well as off-ice segments covering special Leafs events and promotions.

  • About Alex Feczko

    University of Kentucky

    Alex Feczko is a Junior at the University of Kentucky where he currently serves as the Corporate Coordinator for UK’s 24-hour Dance Marathon to support childhood cancer. His first opportunity within the sports industry was writing for SportsBusinessU.com. The mentorship, experience and lessons learned from SBU helped lead him to future opportunities with Kentucky Athletics, the UK Sports Marketing Academy, Minor League Baseball, the Sports Executives Association and the Chicago Bears.

  • About Cindy Zhou

    University of Toronto

    Cindy Zhou is a senior at the University of Toronto studying commerce, and specializing in marketing management. As the VP of the University of Toronto Sports and Business Association, she oversees the execution of the largest sports industry conference in Canada. Cindy is also a sponsored longboarder, avid content creator, and MLSE scheduling administrator. Over the last 2 summers, she has interned for companies including Loaded Boards in Los Angeles and adidas in Portland.

  • Katie Donnewald is a senior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign pursuing degrees in Finance and Marketing. Donnewald has held multiple leadership roles in her sorority, Delta Gamma, as well as Illinois Business Council. She is also a teaching assistant for a business course focusing on professional responsibility, a member of the UIUC Sports Business Association, and has worked as a Student Recruiter for the University of Illinois Football Program. She has held internships at Radegen Sports Management and Octagon.

  • About Jake Wittkop

    Kansas State Univeristy

    Jake Wittkop, a senior in marketing at Kansas State University, is currently a graduate assistant for the K-State Athletics Fan Experience and Sales department, the first-ever undergraduate to hold the position. He is directly responsible for all marketing efforts and in-game experiences for the women’s basketball program, as well as overseeing 20 undergraduate interns and their Olympic sports plans. This summer, Jake served as a Marketing and Special Events intern with the Kansas City Chiefs, including managing a group of 28 training camp interns. His previous experience also includes interning with the K-State Football Coaching Video department.

Class of 2013

  • About Reed Longo

    Cornell University

    Reed Longo is a senior and a teaching assistant for a Sports Management course at Cornell University. He is Co-President of Cornell Sports Business Society and the Corporate Relations Director of the Ivy Sports Symposium. He arranges guest speaker events and connects Cornell’s alumni to the Sports Business Society. He also proposed for a Sports Business minor at Cornell, which resulted in the creation of Cornell’s first ever Sports Management course.

  • About Joshua Lagan

    University of Connecticut

    Joshua Lagan is a senior at the University of Connecticut, majoring in Marketing. Lagan has worked with ESPN as a Statistics Analyst and this past summer worked with Mastercard as a Marketing Analyst. Lagan is the co-founder of SportsBusinessU, a website dedicated to creating a community for current and future sports business professionals. Sports Networker named Lagan one of their “Rising Stars in Sports Business.”

  • About Vicente Fernandez

    University of Chicago

    As a senior at the University of Chicago, Vicente Fer- nandez founded of the University of Chicago Sports Business Team, Sportsmanias.com and Maroon TV. Fernandez launched Sportsmanias.com in his freshman year and the site has grown to over 400,000 unique monthly visitors. Earlier this year, they developed an app for the site and it ranked No. 8 in the free sports app category. He is also a freelance stringer for Miami Herald and has interned at Lionsgate Productions.

  • About Jonathan Gordon

    University of Notre Dame

    Jonathan Gordon is a junior at the University of Notre Dame pursuing a double major in Finance and Applied Math and Statistics. He is the founder of the student organization ND Sports By Numbers, an organization that focuses on sports business, analytics and research while providing a platform for students and alumni to connect. Gordon is also the founder of Sportalytics Media, a company that manages three sports analytics websites, including Sports Analytics Blog.

  • About Chris Stathos

    WILLIAM JEWELL COLLEGE

    Chris Stathos is a senior at William Jewell College, majoring in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurial Leadership. He serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors for the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, 1 of only 14 undergraduates in North America on the Student Advisory Committee. He has held internships with the Kansas City Chiefs, Sporting Kansas City and most recently the NFL.

  • About Rob Dearborn

    UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

    Rob Dearborn is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, pursuing degrees in Operations and Information Manage- ment, Legal Studies and Business Ethics. Dearborn serves as President of the Wharton Undergraduate Sports Busi- ness Club, as well as his fraternity, Kappa Sigma. He has also been a Co-Chair of the planning committee for the Ivy Sports Symposium for the past two years and worked with the NFL this past summer.

  • About Avish Sood

    George Brown College

    Avish Sood is a senior at George Brown College. Sood is the co- founder of the University of Toronto Sports Business Association with over 960 active members. Being President from 2010-2013, he built successful corporate partnerships with over 33 organizations in both Canada and the U.S. He spent a summer volunteering at South Africa, teaching sports development and is now finishing his internship with the Toronto Blue Jays.

  • About Sam Rubinroit

    Brown University

    Sam Rubinroit is a senior at Brown University, majoring in Business. Rubinroit has been instrumental in the revival of the Brown Sports Business Club and has even founded two student-taught courses on sports business. He also serves as a Co-Chair for the Ivy Sports Symposium, interned with the Tournament of Roses and has spent the past two summers working for the NFL in user acquisition. Sam also serves as the Sports Editor for the Brown Daily Herald.

  • About Brian Rosen

    Indiana University

    Brain Rosen is a senior at Indiana University, Bloomington, INDIANA UNIVERSITY and the founder and Executive Director of SportsBusinessU. With the aim of uniting people with a similar mindset, he brought together a group of individuals with strong sports business interest and founded SBU. He is the current President of Sport Marketing Alliance at Indiana, the official club for Sports Marketing and Management majors. In the past two summers, he has interned with MLB Advanced Media and Fox Sports West and Primeticket.

  • Myles Robinson is a junior at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is one of the founders of SportsBusinessU, as well as President of the Carolina Sport Business Club. Through SBU and CSBC, Robinson shares his passion and experiences with students across the country. He also consults young sports business professionals for SBU. He has previously held internships with Charlotte Bobcats Sports & Entertainment, the UNC Athletic Department and the NFL.