Students “Get in the Game” Volunteering at Iceplex
Coursework came to life for St. John Fisher College Sport Management Club members at Bill Gray’s Iceplex earlier this month.
Students volunteered as operations assistants for the Bauer Fire on Ice girl’s youth hockey tournament, one of the nation’s largest youth hockey tournaments with over 166 teams and 2,500 athletes.
Club members also played a vital role in managing the weekend’s premier event—a National Women’s Hockey League matchup between the Buffalo Beauts and the Metro Riveters.
Throughout the weekend, the students gained sport industry experience by partnering with Legacy Global Sports, the sport event firm managing the week of events. Students volunteered for roles to build skills and develop competencies related to their personal career goals. They contributed to the production of the youth and professional games by recording game statistics, managing player and team data, selling merchandise, scanning tickets, managing crowds, and creating digital and social media content. A few students even had the unique experience of “lighting the lamp” as the goal judge in the Beauts-Riveters game.
The volunteer experience also provided the opportunity to network with sport professionals across the industry segments of youth sport, event management, facility management, sport media, and professional hockey.
“The Sport Management Club is committed to seeking out opportunities for career development while deepening a connection with the Rochester community through volunteerism,” said Dr. Katharine Burakowski, advisor for the Club.