ETSU sports management students are racing ahead to future careers

students at BMS

JOHNSON CITY (April 28) — East Tennessee State University’s Sport Management Program undergraduate and graduate students are benefitting from a partnership between ETSU and Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) and Dragway, gaining real-world experience at the track.

Dr. Amanda Greene, an assistant professor of Sport Management, says, “During the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer race weekend, the students were able to go through training in the track’s suites, dive into marketing efforts and help with data collection. Students received tickets to the races to experience a professional event of the highest magnitude. The rain even threw in some problem-solving scenarios for the students!”

BMS also offers undergraduate and graduate internships. Through this partnership, BMS provides financial support for a graduate assistantship, allowing a sport management student to work at the race track while having educational costs covered.

“This is the second year of the partnership,” says Greene. “Last year’s graduate assistant already landed her first full-time career position—one with the Tennessee Titans. The experience she gained at BMS helped her land her dream job in professional sports.

“BMS has hired employees directly from our sport management program,” she says. “In fact, the current director of the Bristol Dragway, Brandon Cross, is one of our graduates.

“In addition, the partnership has provided guest speakers, facility tours, even hands-on learning experiences and volunteer opportunities,” Greene notes. “The partnership has positively impacted our program in many ways.”

For further information, contact Greene at 423-439-5257 or .   

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