Sport Management Alliance (SMA)
The Sport Management Alliance is a student-directed organization dedicated to enhancing the professional development of future sport managers. While education is a vital ingredient to achieving success, SMA provides Sport Management majors with outside university experiences. SMA provides students with opportunities to meet academicians and practitioners in the Sport Management field.
Hands-on experience and networking are two instrumental factors to enhance marketability in the sport industry. SMA organizes activities and trips that attempt to optimize the interaction between the Sport Management student and professionals in the field. SMA also organizes social trips to Toronto, Erie, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Cleveland where students visit sport facilities and learn more about each other.
An executive board of nine individuals is elected each year and provides the officers with experience in leadership and decision making. Monthly meetings are held to keep Sport Management majors aware of activities. Attendance at these meetings demonstrates the student's desire to improve themselves professionally. The meetings also provide the major with an opportunity to network with their peers and professors. The Sport Management Alliance serves as a vehicle to meet other Sport Management majors, professors and practitioners and enables the student to become involved in the sport industry. These activities ultimately provide students with the tools to mold themselves academically and professionally.
2013-2014 SMA Board Initiatives
1. To average 100 attendees for SMA Speaker Series per Series by bringing in a variety of speakers to focus on every aspect of the sport industry.
2. To implement and publicize personal interview with our speakers.
3. To arrange a food sponsor for each Speaker Series by partnering with Fox’s Pizza Den.
4. To average 50 attendees for SMP nights per event by surveying the major to see what activities interest them.
5. To increase interaction between upperclassmen and underclassmen by encouraging the mentor/mentee program.
6. To create a networking opportunity with a professional sports organization.
7. To increase the involvement of students in the major through increasing awareness of volunteer opportunities in the sport industry.
8. To increase communication between current students and alumni by starting an alumni spotlight on Twitter.
9. To develop merchandise, in addition to apparel, by choosing items like lanyards, pens, and tumblers to sell.
10. To offer merchandise and apparel to alumni by providing information and forms through all forms of social media.
Meet The Board
Department of Sport Management
101 Eisenberg Building
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
Phone: 724.738.2117 (or 2060)