Sport Management majors connect 800 miles away from YCP campus
As Tim O’Leary spends his senior work-experience semester more than 800 miles away from the York College of Pennsylvania campus, a YCP connection works right around the corner.
Tim, a Sport Management major at York College, landed an internship this spring in O'Fallon, Missouri, working with the River City Rascals baseball team of the independent Frontier League.
Lisa Ferreira’s the assistant general manager of the Rascals. And get this: She’s also a 2006 York College graduate out of the Sport Management program.
“Lisa came to our work experience day when professionals came in for mock interviews and gave career advice,” Tim says.
Tim met her on campus that day, but he didn’t actually interview with her when he applied for the job.
While Lisa wasn’t involved with the decision to hire Tim, she was happy to have someone from her alma mater join the team.
“I spoke with the director who hired him,” she says. “Knowing the background of the York Sport Management program, it gives him the education and experience that some schools lack.”
Earning his own name
Like many minor league baseball employees, Tim handles a little bit of everything.
From working with the sales staff and partnering businesses, to creating a marketing plan, to even donning the mascot costume, he handles many different duties for the Rascals. He writes at least two stories a week for the Rascals’ website, takes care of media releases, and helps with community events and public relations.
“I never heard of where I am, and learning what’s around here is a really cool experience,” he says. “I get to sit in on meetings and be creative. I get to do things that I wouldn’t if it wasn’t for a minor league.”
One thing is certain: Tim has become an integral part of the team, and he’s enjoying every moment.
“He’s been excellent,” Lisa says. “The ideas he has, especially on the promotional side, are outstanding. He really gets what minor league baseball is all about. He has really blown us away and been a superior intern as far as his creativity and his willingness to speak about it.”
Crediting York College
Tim says he credits York College for “preparing me for the majority of things.”
Like many Sport Management students at the school, Tim helped organize a campus 5K and was involved with other projects. He’s served a supervisory role in the pool, as well as working concessions at the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center.
“There’s obviously going to be things a school can’t prepare you for,” he says. “It’s why we have work experience – because you can’t teach everything in the classroom. But 80 percent of what I do I have either touched based on or learned at school.”
He says he appreciates the amount of care the faculty has for its students, from their help with resumes to making connections.
Lisa knows York College is a lot of the reason its students are successful. A lot of that stems from the importance they put on work experience.
“Across the board, everyone I have talked to is impressed by the York College students,” she says. “The students have such an amazing experience. I hire from all over the country, and those kids are among best I have seen.”