Sport Management grad credits York College for scoring New Jersey Devils job
Although she grew up a baseball fan, North Brunswick, N.J., native Kim Capezza has found a different outlet for her sports fandom, and in many ways York College of Pennsylvania is responsible.
Capezza, who graduated in 2015 from York College’s Sport Management major, was hired this season as a sales associate for the National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils.
“I give a lot of credit to York for my career and the things to come,” she says. “The professors care about everyone individually. They all believe in it. They had their own experiences to go off of. You didn’t just learn from a book. That pushed me in the end.”
Capezza, a graduate from North Brunswick Township High School, attended another school for her first two years of college. When she transferred to York College, Capezza says she could not have asked for a better experience.
She says York College had a lot to do with her landing a job so quickly, following her internship with the Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball in 2014 and more recently as a Ticket and Fan Services intern for the Philadelphia Eagles.
“Our professors and the practicum experience we have is the most hands-on and realistic experience I could have had,” she says. “It was an honest example of how the industry works and the time you have to put into it.”
A chance to do more
In many ways, Capezza expected the craziness and acknowledged that no two days are alike. Despite the size and stature of big-time professional sports, there is much more to the job of “Ticket Sales Associate” than the title would suggest.
“The New Jersey Devils are an all-hands-on-deck type of organization,” she says. “We have the chance to do a lot more stuff and have a lot more involvement in a lot of things.
“There’s a lot of different things that go into operating an arena or running a professional team. I am learning those steps. I knew from a lot of people ahead of me that sales is the way in. Sales is going to give you the necessary experience to take you to the next level.”
For Capezza, working with an organization such as the New Jersey Devils is exactly what she wanted to do after earning a Sport Management degree from York College. She got a taste of it, albeit on a smaller scale, during her internship with the Riversharks.
Her duties with the Devils range from working with individuals and businesses, along with special events.
In February, she was part of the ceremony on the night the team retired former goalie Martin Brodeur’s jersey. Being around one of the greatest to ever play the game was a big thrill, Capezza says.
“That night was incredible to be a part of, and it meant so much to so many people. To say I was a part of what went on that night will be a highlight of my career for years to come,” Capezza says. “Prior to that game, we brought out the whole company. We thought we were having a normal prep meeting, and he came out and spoke to everyone. He was very down to earth.”
Fun start to her career
It’s easy to see why she is a hockey fan now. First introduced to the sport by a York College professor that had ties with the Hershey Bears, Capezza is now hooked.
“I grew up loving baseball more, but now that I am into it … I dived into it and am still learning. The biggest challenge is there’s a lot of action going on,” she says. “Baseball is slower, so you’ve got the chance to learn. Hockey is so fast it’s harder to pick up what’s going on. But it’s definitely a fun sport.”
And a fun start to her career, thanks in large part to York College.
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