CLEVELAND — Although the Browns and the Bengals will not be going to the Super Bowl this year, a group of students from Baldwin Wallace University will be.
For the 12th year, students will be getting hands-on sport management experience from one of the biggest sporting events of the year.
This will be junior Ryan Gorman's third year working the Super Bowl with his classmates.
“It feels like a dream come true at the end of the day. Honestly, I just feel so blessed and fortunate to be able to come here,” Gorman said. “The networking opportunities are like none other. You are meeting the best people in the industry, the most successful people in the industry.”
Associate professor of sport management, Charles Campisi, was able to make this trip possible for students more than a decade ago due to his connections in the sport management industry.
“Prior to coming to Baldwin Wallace, I was able to work in sport in various different capacities, with the Buffalo Bills, the Miami Dolphins, the University of Miami, the Minnesota Twins, the IMG academy, and then most notably, I was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when we won the Super Bowl 37,” Campisi explained of his history with the sports industry.
The students will be heading to Las Vegas on Tuesday to work the events leading up to the Super Bowl, and then on Sunday, they will be working the big game.
“So we are working with the NFL alumni and the PGA magazine on a golf tournament on Wednesday. On Thursday, we kinda have a free day, and then on Friday, we are working with the Pro Football Hall of Fame at their Merlin Olsen luncheon,” Campisi explained. “Saturday, we work the NFL Experience, so all of the punt, pass and kick and fun activities that people participate in while they are there and then on game day, we with on location and provide support for any and all VIP parties.”
All of the students going on this trip, like 20-year-old Abbey Pheiffer, had to apply, meet a grade requirement, be involved with the school’s sport management club among other things. This will be Pheiffer’s third year working the Super Bowl.
“When I was 18 and first working the Super Bowl, it was crazy because I am so young and I didn’t want to mess up,” Pheiffer explained. “Once I got comfortable, it was really fun and a really great experience.”
The Super Bowl isn’t the only major sporting event these students will be working. Some also are expected to attend the Masters golf tournament and the NCAA Women's Final Four.