Sunday marks a week since we all traveled to New York, moved into the EHS dorms, and began this eight week long journey that is the Manhattan Sports Business Academy. This week we had the opportunity to hear from speakers such as Darren Rovell, Jonathan Blue, Mark Holtzman, and Jared Schoenfeld as well as take our first Friday Field Trip to the iconic Madison Square Garden.
We’ve met our individual mentors, started our internships, and introduced ourselves to our High School of Sports Management mentees at the Brooklyn Changes the World event. If this week is any indication of what the rest of the summer is going to look like, then we are in for the ride of our lives.
That resonated with me and definitely gave me motivation to meet and network with as many people as possible during this eight-week period. We also had the pleasure to speak with one of Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People of the World and General Manager of Reddit, Erik Martin. Erik’s story was unique in that all of his experiences came in positions that he felt he was unqualified for.Although he had no formal education in any of the jobs he took, he was able to make a name for himself through hard work and a willingness to learn. Erik also said something that is seemingly a trend in all of our speakers: “Don’t be afraid to take risks.” Obviously, there was extreme value in hearing from Erik despite the fact that he doesn’t have a typical sports business career. After hearing from the speakers we hung out, ate pizza, and watched game two of the NBA Finals. As an avid Heat fan, I was more than pleased with the end result (Miami winning by 19). It was nice just to kick back and watch the game with the other MSBAers before we prepared for week two of the program.