Fourth of July weekend was a time of relaxation and family time for MSBA. While some students ventured home for the break, I stayed in New York City for the holiday watching the Nathan’s Hot Dog Contest July 4th morning and the Macy’s Fireworks show that night.
During the short break, I ventured to the 9/11 Memorial with fellow MSBA member, Ally Bernard, to take in one of the more symbolic New York tourist attractions. We both reminisced about where we were when this horrific event took place almost 12 years ago.
Going to the Memorial reminded me of all the sports teams that rallied together in remembrance of those who lost their lives that day, athletes paying their respects wearing special patches on their jerseys or red, white, and blue cleats. Dr. Richard Lapchick, who serves as the chair of the DeVos Sport Business Management Program at the University of Central Florida where I attend is noted for his phrase: “There is something about sport” came to mind as I looked back. Sports has the power to unite Yankee and Red Sox fans or Dolphins and Jets fans during a time of tragedy and I believe it is the only platform that can do so.
With three weeks left in the Manhattan Sports Business Academy I am ready to hear more insight from sport business industry leaders, attend more Friday Field Trips to New York’s finest sport venues, bond and learn with my fellow classmates, and see more of what New York City has to offer.