NDSU students volunteer at NFL Draft
Published June 2018
NDSU students get a feel for their future careers in and out of the classroom. Sport management students took a trip to Dallas to volunteer at the 2018 NFL Draft.
Nearly 50 NDSU sport management students worked the event. They helped manage the NFL Draft Experience for fans outside AT&T Stadium, which included virtual reality stations, football target tosses, field goal kicking competitions and autograph stations. They saw first-hand how an event with more than 100,000 attendees per day is organized and networked with people from across the country.
“The draft is something I always watch on TV, and this year I worked it and got a picture with the NFL commissioner,” said Brady Faber, a junior in the program. “Working such a large-scale event was amazing. I loved the atmosphere and learned a lot.”
The camaraderie between the students on the trip was evident by event organizers, who dubbed the team the “NDSU 50.”
“Becoming closer with my fellow sport management students as a whole was very rewarding,” said junior Matthew Wurnig. “It's good to get to know the people that make up your program and to expand your friend group.”
The group stopped at the University of Kansas and toured Allen Fieldhouse, home to the Jayhawks’ basketball teams. They also toured the American Airlines Center in Dallas, where the Dallas Stars and Mavericks play.
“Sport management is a varied degree, from youth level, all the way to the professional level,” said Tyler Tracy, program coordinator. “My goal is to get students into the industry while they’re still in school. They need to find out what they want to do and trips like these are a great way to help them do that.”
The students and Tracy are already deciding where to volunteer next year.