Big Initiative Winners

Class of 2015

  • 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 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 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 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, and Maroon TV. Fernandez launched 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


    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


    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.