The NKU offers a look behind the scenes of local sports franchise companies in new community seminar series
Northern Kentucky University students take a behind-the-scenes look at Cincinnati’s sports franchise with the new Professional Sports in the Queen City community seminar series.
Hosted by the NKU’s Haile / US Bank College of Business and Honors College, the series features monthly keynote speakers from the region’s three professional sports franchises as well as industry experts on monthly topics. Each seminar begins with a brief history of the franchise and examines both the player and business aspects of the organization.
“College and professional sports dominate American culture, and this is a billion dollar industry that continues to grow,” said Jennifer Gardner, director of the NKU’s sports business and event management program. “Our goal is to take you on a journey to see how this fan base continues to grow and examine exactly how they do business inside and outside the pandemic. Discussions like these are great examples of the valuable real-world experiences that NKU is known for. “
The lecture series is part of a new innovative course design offered by the two universities in which students meet weekly to examine these topics in more detail. They are also an extension of Honors College’s location-based program, which combines teaching with regional needs and real-world experiences.
The NKU invites students and community members to explore new topics every week through April. The keynote speakers for professional sport in Queen City include:
February 23 – Michael Muñoz, Vice President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
March 9 – Neil Hornsby, Founder and CEO of Pro Football Focus
March 23 – Devon Still, former NFL player and founder of the Still Strong Foundation
April 16 – Dan McNally, Cincinnati FC soccer operations director
April 27 – Karen Forgus, senior vice president, Cincinnati Reds
Former Cincinnati Bengal Devon Still is also the keynote speaker for the College of Business’s annual Business Week, an event that brings students together with seasoned professionals and provides networking opportunities with local employers and NKU alumni. Still gives his keynote address on the Still Strong Foundation and his daughter’s battle with stage 4 cancer at age four, which inspired fans to raise more than $ 2 million for childhood cancer awareness.
“It’s more than just a game. While the world of sports is a billion dollar entertainment business, it is also a useful tool for breaking down social and cultural barriers, ”said Devon Still. “The sporting influence on American culture gives players the opportunity to make positive changes.”
NKU’s professional sport on the Queen City range is free and open to students and community members. To learn more and to register, visit the university’s website.