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University of Florida MS in Sport Management students (and alums) @ UAA’s Stay in the Game

February 11, 2019

Several current MS in Sport Management students and alumni had the opportunity to attend the UAA’s 6th Annual Stay in the Game event, designed to expose the University of Florida’s female student-athletes to career opportunities related to athletics. The event featured industry representatives from media, professional sport, collegiate sport, philanthropy, and more! (Pictured above: Megan Knoblock, Keelee Armor, Abigail Gwarjanski, Jaime Mangold, Niki Hopkins, and Alex Kossoff. Not pictured: Rachel Smith and Sarah Wilkinson). Below is a snapshot of their experience, in their own words:

Jaime Mangold - The Stay in the Game event provided me a unique opportunity to learn from and network with women across various disciplines in the sport industry. As a former student-athlete, I know how difficult the transition out of sports can be. This event educated me on the many different ways that I can pursue a career in sports while leveraging my former student-athlete experience. I left the Stay in the Game event more confident than ever that I want to work in college athletics. Thank you to the UAA for putting on such an important and meaningful event. The future of sports is female!

Megan Knoblock - The "Stay in the Game" Event is by far my favorite event of the year. There is nothing more inspiring than a room filled with strong female leaders from all walks of life, thriving within their chosen speciality field embedded within athletics. Lynda Tealer and her team do a wonderful job of providing a casual, yet stacked room of talent, expertise, and passion. Whether or not the attendees want to work in the sports industry, it is a guarantee that they will leave feeling inspired and energized to bring their work ethic, talent, and heart to wherever they are going next. This event is nothing short of a reminder that women can thrive in this industry and are adding their unique contributions more and more each day. Thank you women leaders for dedicating your time to the advancement of all women in sports and beyond! 

Niki Hopkins - I had a really great time at this event and was able to meet some pretty cool people. They spoke a lot about the transition out of sport and how to handle the transition. Although it has been two years since that has happened for me, it was still very enlightening to hear and know that we all go through the transitioning process and we can still play a role in athletics in a different way. A few of them shared their stories and it encouraged me and motivated me to want to continue to pursue a career in athletics and be a powerful woman who can make a difference. In addition, I talked mainly to two women whose careers I am interested in. Lauren Taylor who is the Director of Marketing and Competition in the SEC and Alicia Longworth who is the Assistant Athletic Director of Marketing and Promotions here at the UAA. Both of these women were very easy to talk to and gave me some great insight on what they do and advice as well. They were awesome!

Rachel Smith - I honestly did not know what to expect when I agreed to attend the Stay in the Game event. When I first received the invitation, I assumed it was mainly going to be University Athletic Association (UAA) employees, however, there were a lot more variety than I expected. As someone who currently works with the UAA and wants to continue working here, I really tried to branch out and meet other employees that I had not met before, especially those who are in the field I want to pursue. I thought the event was very well planned and I think the variety of 45 women who were brought in to present was very wide and very exciting to see.

Sarah Wilkinson - Going to Stay in the Game last week was a great experience not only for me as an individual in my professional development but also to witness for those around me. About 40 professionals came together to talk to female student athletes and our group, and most of them had a connection to the University of Florida. I had the opportunity to network with an alum from the Florida Women's Basketball team, Misty Brown, who now works for the SEC. I had been wanting to connect with her for some time now, and Stay in the Game made that opportunity possible. It was a great night, and I am thankful to have these opportunities while being a master's student at Florida!