York College Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center, home of the sport management program

Sport Management

Realize your dream of a career in the world of sports

A career working in sports? We've helped make that happen year after year for our graduates who have gone on to work for professional sports teams and other sports-related organizations. And it's no wonder, with a unique curriculum, a first-class learning environment in the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center, and faculty who are passionate about seeing you succeed.

You’ll gain real-world experience through practicums in your first four semesters. Our signature Sport Management Professional Day networking event, summer internships and the capstone work experience all put you squarely in front of potential employers.

With the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center as your classroom, you've got every advantage as you prepare for a career managing sports events and facilities.
Kim Capezza '15, a York College sport management major, interned with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Kim Capezza '15 used her Philadelphia Eagles Ticket and Fan Services internship to help land a job with the New Jersey Devils. "It's all thanks to my professors and experiences I've had at York!"

Your future in Sport Management

With so much hands-on experience before you graduate, you'll be strongly positioned to land a sports industry job. We've got the graduates to prove it! Our students have gone on to work for Adidas, Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Ravens, DC United of Major League Soccer, Miami Heat, New Jersey Devils, York Revolution and other professional sports teams and organizations. You can have a career working for:
  • Professional sports organizations
  • Professional tour events (PGA, LPGA), governing bodies in sports
  • Sports marketing companies, fitness and sport training facilities
  • Sport camps and sporting goods manufacturers and retailers
  • High school and college athletic departments, and more

Work Experience, internships and more

  • Work Experience: The capstone course unique to York College

    About Work Experience

    Want to know why our sport management program stands out compared to area colleges offering the same major? Two words: Work Experience. Our sport management alumni have found that the 450 hours the work experience course requires — above and beyond other internships — has helped them land numerous positions. 

    It is the final requirement for graduating seniors and can only be undertaken if a student has at least a 2.7 GPA. The experiential learning course lets you use theories and applied practice learned throughout the sport management program’s curriculum in a culminating internship. This is a full academic semester experience consisting of 450-500 hours of work experience. It is taken concurrently with Ethics and Current Issues in Sports (SPM 475) and no other courses may be taken during the work experience semester.

    Course Objectives:
    At the completion of the course the student will be able to:

    • Explain the professional responsibilities associated with this work experience.
    • Synthesize practical experience with learning from classes in the sport management program’s curriculum.
    • Understand, articulate, and demonstrate proven concepts of professional behavior and conduct.
    • Apply professional communication skills in a variety of work situations and tasks.
    • Work independently and in groups to achieve organizational goals; articulate strengths and weaknesses in personal performance and/or group processes for future improvement.
    • Apply critical thinking skills in a variety of situations and tasks.
    • Demonstrate the ability to solve problems within the work environment.
    • Develop and maintain a network of professionals within the sport management industry.
    • Evaluate career options and explain personal professional goals.

    Student Expectations:
    To fulfill the requirements of the course and meet the objectives described above, you must focus on both on-site work and academic work. Remember to:

    • Maximize all on-site learning opportunities. An outstanding Work Experience requires you to put forth your best effort at all times. You should be continually seeking new learning experiences from the very beginning of the experience until it concludes. In addition, you should perform all work at the highest quality possible.
    • Complete the required assignments and meet all deadlines. The assignments in this course provide you with opportunities to reflect on your on-site experience and deepen your learning. Assignments must be turned in on time. Late assignments will not be accepted unless you have permission.
      • Actively work to enhance your development as a professional. The culture of this class (both its on-site component and academic component) is one in which you must practice positive habits that are critical to professional success. Thus, in addition to the expectations stated above, it is also expected that you will focus on the following areas:
        • Communication: Practice appropriate and professional communication throughout your interactions on an on-going basis. To this end, ALL communication related to the course must be conducted with the utmost level of professionalism (i.e. if you write an e-mail to your professor, it should contain appropriate spelling, grammar, punctuation, content, etc.). Spelling, grammar, and professional formatting are required for ALL written endeavors.
        • Initiative: Your professor is more than happy to discuss professional questions, ideas, or topics beyond what he or she assigns to you in this course. The Work Experience is the capstone of your college career and, as such, you should make the most of it by taking the initiative to seek out feedback and assistance. The best professionals do so routinely.

     

     

  • Internships: Preparation for your new career

    Students and alumni of the Sport Management major are well-prepared to excel in their careers. Our students have secured internships all over the world with organizations such as: 

    • Madison Square Garden
    • Philadelphia Eagles
    • Penn State University Athletics Department
    • Roger Dean Stadium
    • Special Olympics
    • Tampa Sports Authority
    • Under Armour

    For additional internships check out Team Work Online or visit Career Development

    Penn Live
    Hurricane Junior Golf Tournament
    Georgia State Games
    Delaware 87ers
    Pump Jacks Baseball
    Rockland Boulders Baseball
    Pittsburgh Steelers
Sport Management Student Association e-board for 2016 at York College

Sport Management Student Association

Enhancing our program, SMSA gives our students even more opportunity to network with professionals, organize events, and discover more about the sports industry (plus, it's a lot of fun!).

Program Accreditation

COSMA Logo The Sport Management program at York College of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA).

Through accreditation, academic programs hold themselves to a set of quality standards that have been developed by professionals in the industry. Programs are evaluated by their peers to ensure that they are maintaining the standards set by COSMA.

Accreditation is beneficial to students because the process assures them that the academic program is meeting these high standards and providing them with the knowledge and skills required by the sport management industry.

Sport Management Outcomes Report 2014-15

Program Requirements

Required Courses and Degree Requirements for Graduation
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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog

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Contact Us
Sport Management
Fred Becker
Diehl Hall, Room 207
Phone: 717.815.2081
Fax: 717.1624.849
fbecker@ycp.edu
Hours Contact for appt.

Jennifer Godfrey
Administrative Assistant
Diehl Hall, Room 101
717.815.6860
jgodfre5@ycp.edu