SARAH WUELNER, Asst. Sportswriter – The Denison Sports Career Exploration Club is new this year to help students find a career in the sports industry or for those who want to learn more about sports. The board of directors consists of the founders, Max Hoffman ’23, Johnny Fabian ’23, Sammy Cintra ’23 and Sam Secrest ’23. The club is open to anyone who wants to find career opportunities in sport and build their CV.
The club was originally conceived by Hoffman as it was inspired by a friend who was the head of a similar club at Amherst College who invited an Angels general manager to come and speak with the students. Hoffman then decided to start a club in Denison with similar intentions. “We’re here to help you first organize your life and decide what you want to do, but beyond that we help you network to get internships and jobs. The club is to help people enter the industry and find the careers they are looking for, for example in coaching or training. he explained.
Hoffman loves sports and he wants to get into sports management for the National Football League. However, he has noticed the challenges of finding a career in the sport. “Sport is really a ‘you know’ type of field and for me, I’ve always had a hard time fitting into it, getting internships because I don’t come from a sporting family in the sense of my parents in sports. I didn’t have those relationships immediately, so I’ve always been interested in people in sports and how they got into it,” he said.
With the development of new clubs on campus, it is important to understand what the purpose of the club is or where the management team wants it to go. “Everyone is supposed to get something out of it, whether it’s an internship or a job. If I bring in a guest speaker and someone makes a connection or someone realizes that “this is a pretty cool sports ground that I never thought of, I’m going to look into it more” and it ends up becoming their career. Really, I just hope it’s easier for people to get into whatever field they’d like to get into,” Hoffman described.
Going forward, the club will host events and speakers from a variety of fields to inspire students to engage and get excited about what the club has to offer. “My dream is that we have a wide variety of speakers. For example, we brought in sports medicine on a Sunday, but I would like to have speakers who are interested in all aspects of the subject; sports marketing, sports management, business, sales, ticketing.. In terms of events, we are planning a dodgeball tournament to get people into the club, but most people will be having fun and having fun,” Hoffman said. .
Hoffman encourages students to come to the bi-weekly meetings on Sundays at 6 p.m. via zoom if they want to learn more about the Denison Sports Exploration Club.
“I look forward to all the guest speakers we have. I’m really interested in their career and how they got started and I have a ton of questions. If you are interested in sports careers, we are going to have cool events and cool people. Whether or not you have an internship, I think this is a really good opportunity to broaden your search and make connections,” Hoffman said.
Contact Max Hoffman at [email protected] to join the club!