2015Dec 7

Championship Selling: It’s GameDay

Good Morning everyone it’s GameDay! On Friday November 27, 2015, Tom Blake’s Championship Selling course came to an end, with the 7th Annual GameDay™ held in West residence. Eleven groups of third year SPAD students presented case solutions to eleven different high-profile companies. Students had the opportunity to put their sales skills to the test by presenting to representatives from companies that included: Sprout, TELUS, Bell, Rogers, Great West Life, American Standard, The Toronto Blue Jays, Bacardi, Proctor and Gamble, and the Royal Bank of Canada.

The Championship Selling course is unique to Laurentian University and the Sports Administration program. This is the 7th year that Tom Blake has run the course through the program, and it offers a totally unique experience to students. Every other week throughout the semester, Tom Blake makes the trip up to Sudbury from Toronto, to lead two, three hour sessions. During these sessions, Tom leads great hands-on activities, which enable students to practice their selling skills. Tom promised to teach willing students how to get a better job and how to be better at their job. Tom delivered on his promise. Getting a SPAD degree is the first step in becoming successful in the business world. However, it is experiences such as these that SPAD provides, that allows students to develop and demonstrate the skills necessary to make it in the sport industry.

Three months of hard work, client calls, and preparation lead up to GameDay™. Teams spent weeks preparing a case for each of their “clients”. The sales calls began after a quick motivational speech from Tom and his partner Hughes Gibeault at 9am, where teams would finally get to present to their respective customer. Teams had the responsibility of orchestrating two 30 minute meetings with their client(s), with emphasis on following Tom Blake’s “7-Step Championship Selling Process”. The first meeting required students to use a tactic known as “Playing Catch™” to gather important information from their client. The strategy encourages students to be good active listeners, and ask concise open-ended questions, in order to gain the information, they desire. With the information gathered in meeting one, students had to prepare a solution for the second meeting. The most important part of the second meeting was being able to present a solution that addressed both parties’ needs, and being able to “complete the play” in the end.

At the conclusion of both meetings, teams met with their respective clients, who offered constructive criticism on how to improve each student’s presentation/sales skills. SPAD Alumnus, Hughes Gibeault CEO of Optimé International was on-hand as a guest speaker for the event. Gibeault spoke passionately about his career, and how he arrived at where he is today at Optimé International. Hughes lead a debriefing exercise, where students stood at the front of the room to discuss their “ah ha” moment about the Championship Selling course. Everyone spoke about how Tom’s work has given them a new perspective on the business and sales industry, how to ask better questions and be a better listener, and about confidence. The knowledge and experience gained through this course is truly unique and invaluable.

All teams performed very well, and it was very difficult to choose the winning teams. Second place runner-up was “Integrity Solutions”, which presented to Proctor & Gamble and consisted of Martin Goudreault, Kristy Rousseau, Eman Alshehri, and Justin Lemieux. The first place team was team “J.E.G” who presented to Bell. The team consisted of Garret Elmes, Jake Wilson and Evan Paisley. When asked about his thoughts on GameDay™ 2015, Tom Blake had this to say: “We were blown away with the quality of your presentations and collateral material as well as the viable solutions. Students did a great job leading up to GameDay™, they showed great body language, eye contact, positive energy and engagement.  Students asked thoughtful questions and followed up with strong secondary probing questions to get the answer they want”.

Another successful GameDay™. Thank you to everyone who participated.

 

2015Dec 2

SPAD Student Profile: Ben Goodman

Ben GoodmanThird Year SPAD student Ben Goodman is the manager of team services and video coach  for the LU Varsity Men’s Hockey Team. Ben, through his busy schedule, was able to give us some insight into his role with LU Athletics and took the time to offer up some advice to future and current SPAD students on opportunities within SPAD and LU Athletics.

SB: Tell me about what you do for LU Hockey.

BG: My responsibilities with the Voyageurs are mostly broken down into two components: Hockey Operations and Team Services. On the hockey side, I’m responsible for coordinating all of the team’s video and game tape, as well as managing our statistics team. During each game I use a hockey specific game tape program that cuts the video of certain plays. It helps us find patterns and work on strategies as a coaching staff, which the coaches on the bench relay to the players during and after the game. I also review our opponents’ game tape with the coaching staff, which I download from the OUA’s database. Outside of our own games I scout as much junior hockey as I can, and create detailed reports on all the potential recruits for the next school year from leagues in Ontario to the East Coast.

The team services role involves a lot of collaboration with LU Athletics, and most of the work is done on campus. I highly prioritize student involvement, so I work closely with Athletics on anything from marketing to special events to ticket sales in order to increase the amount of students attending our games. I do all the posting and event creating for the men’s team on the Voyageurs Hockey Facebook page, and I also help our awesome social media crew of SPAD students with the other team accounts that they run.

SB: How did you get your job and what jobs and experiences have led you to your present position?

BG: Getting the position I have now was more of a step-by-step process that started in first year. I started working for the team as a Game Day Operations volunteer. I did stats, scorekeeping, playing music…even had to be the mascot a couple of times. Over the course of that year I acquainted myself with Craig (the head coach) and the rest of the coaching staff which led to conversations about what the program needed help with and how I could be more involved. At the end of our first season Craig asked me to be the video coach of the team, since game tape analysis was the most important thing we lacked at the time. I ended up using the position as a PHED internship, which was really convenient. Being the video coach, I spent a lot more time with the team, especially the coaching staff, which gave me the opportunity to be a part of their meetings and contributing my opinion on certain club decisions. As the year went on I gained more responsibilities and even started to travel with the team during our first playoff run. By the end of second year I was having more conversations with Craig about what else I could do to help the program, which led us to creating the position that I have now.

SB: Can you suggest some ways a SPAD student could obtain this necessary experience?

Volunteer! When it comes to gaining initial experience with anything, volunteering your time is the best thing to do. Hockey teams at the university, junior and minor levels will almost never say no to free work. I know that as a program in just its third year, we’re always looking for help.

SB: What are the most important personal satisfactions and dissatisfactions connected with your job? What part of this job do you personally find most satisfying? Most challenging? What do you like and not like about working in the hockey industry?

BG: The best part of my job is simply just being a part of the team. The relationships that I’ve been able to make with players, coaches and staff is invaluable not only to my hockey experience but also my university experience as a whole. Hockey is as much of a team sport off the ice as it is on the ice. We have an amazing group of people here, and they motivate me to be the best that I can be.

The most challenging part of my job is prioritizing ideas. Obviously we want our team to run like it’s an NHL franchise but there’s only so much we can do when it comes to marketing or special events or game day stuff. I try my best to create realistic goals for our team so that no one, including Athletics and myself, is being spread too thin.

I enjoy working in hockey because I love the game. That’s really all it boils down to. I’ve been around hockey my entire life and it never ceases to excite and inspire me.

If there’s one thing that I dislike about working in hockey, it’s that you’re often working when everyone else isn’t. Working for a university hockey team that has a more student-tailored schedule is definitely an upside, but it’s still pretty demanding…from October to March you’re working every Friday and Saturday night with the exception of the December exam freeze. As a student it’s really great to have breaks like reading week and Thanksgiving too, but if you work for a hockey team you often don’t get that luxury.

SB: Are you optimistic about the team’s future and your future?

BG: I’m more than optimistic when it comes to this team. Looking at what we’ve been able to accomplish in just two seasons of existence shows how quickly our core group has meshed, and by adding skill and depth from this year’s recruiting class we look like a true contender…competing for a CIS National Championship is not as unrealistic of a goal as some would think over these next few years.

I believe that my future in the game is bright. I try my best to take advantage of every opportunity given to me, but I also know that patience is very important, especially since I aspire to be working in professional hockey at some point. I’m really excited for things to come, but my main focus right now is the Laurentian Voyageurs and helping this hockey program achieve at its highest potential.

SB: How has your job affected your lifestyle and how do you balance work and SPAD?

BG: As I mentioned before, a hockey schedule is demanding and to be honest, the game has had more of an impact on my lifestyle over the last few years than school or friends and family have. I think I went out with my friends on the weekend maybe four or five times over my first two years of university because every Friday or Saturday I was either working, scouting or catching up on schoolwork that I hadn’t done because I was doing one of those two things during the week. I also help run a junior hockey league in the summer so I’m surrounded by the game for 11 months out of the year. I may have missed out on some quality university experience but I wouldn’t change it for the world…I know exactly what I want to do and I’m going to do everything in my power to try and make it happen.

It’s definitely a challenge to balance such a competitive and academically sound program with a full time hockey job, but I’ve always found a way to keep my head above water. The professors are incredibly understanding as well, and they’ve accommodated for missed class time or rescheduled exams because we were on the road. I like how there’s a relationship between the program and the Voyageurs and I really hope it continues to grow so that the next generation of students get the opportunities that I have had.

SPAD would like to thank Ben for taking the time to speak to us about her past and current experiences. It is an unbelievable opportunity for our current/prospective students to hear about some of the internships and jobs available to SPAD students.

2015Nov 21

SPAD Speaker Series: Bruce MacDonald

bruceOn November 12, SPAD Students were treated to their first speaker of this year’s SPAD Speaker Series. SPAD was pleased to welcome SPAD Grad Bruce MacDonald, who is the President and CEO of Imagine Canada. Bruce shared his experiences throughout his schooling and various jobs that got him to where he is today – a successful SPAD Grad. Bruce has been with Imagine Canada for almost two years and before that he held high-level positions with many organizations including CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada .

Bruce had a different childhood, he talked about how he grew up with his parents working at carnivals. “I got over the fear of talking to strangers,” He talked about how he learned to sell at a very young age from working for his parents at carnival games. Bruce talked about Social Good, the field he is in. He brought up 3 key areas of social good that companies can use; social purpose, social enterprise, and social good for profit. The room was captivated by Bruce and students found it very interesting to learn about a sector that doesn’t receive nearly as much attention as professional sport.

Bruce talkFollowing Bruce’s talk “The Changing Nature of Social Good,” the class was then offered the opportunity to ask questions that allowed Bruce to give the class insight on a variety of other topics. This included advice on what he thought was one of the most important things to do in order to be successful: network. Network whenever you have the chance because it can help you in the long run. The people you network with may not get you a job, but they can help you and give you chances that you may not get any other way. More insight was given when Bruce talked about how adaptability is the new key competency. With all the trends in the world, you have to be willing to change.

Bruce MacDonald (SPAD’83) gave the group a unique learning experience and some advice and knowledge that students do not get every day. On behalf of SPAD we would like to thank him for taking the time to talk to us, and good luck at Imagine Canada!

2015Nov 19

John Molson Sport Marketing Conference – SPAD Style

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30 #SPADbeauties out in force in Montreal

On November 5th, thirty SPAD students made their annual trip to Montreal for the 2015 John Molson Sport Marketing (JMSM) Conference hosted by the John Molson School of Business and Concordia University. Conference organizers were thrilled to announce that a record number of conference delegates attended the 20th anniversary of the event. SPAD students had the opportunity of networking with other schools from all over Canada and countless business professionals from the sport industry. 5 speaker panels, keynote speakers, a marketing case competition, a dinner gala, social outings each night of the conference, and for the first time ever – workshops, ensured the weekend was not only a busy but memorable one.

Thursday night kicked off with a panel discussion a first in JMSM history; Growing the Beautiful Game panel which featured executives from Major League Soccer and its Clubs where they discussed the quick rise and popularity of soccer in North America. Following the panel discussion, delegates moved into the adjacent room for a Networking Cocktail where we continued the discussion and met students from across North America. Thursday evening concluded with a night out at Hardwax Montreal. The JMSM classic of Rep Your Team was the theme of the night. Almost everyone in attendance showed up sporting their favourite team.

Friday kicked off with the blueprint for franchise for success panel which looked into the high-level strategies that two of the NHL’s elite teams implement for success on and off the ice. Geoff Molson talked about how even though he owned the Montreal Canadians, ultimately the team belonged to the fans. The importance of the fans was prevalent throughout this panel. Fans, and how you engage fans is very important in the sports world and I believe the SPAD students in attendance understood this fact – this is what our program is about – recognizing the importance of many different areas of sport. This interesting panel was followed by the backbone of franchise operations with Jason Faris and Ian Clarke. This panel dove into the strategies teams are implementing to achieve long-term sustainability and growth. From day-to-day operations, to costing, to new investments and development, this panel revealed how a sports franchise operates behind the scenes. As a student interested in the business of sport, it was inspiring to hear and learn how sport is run behind closed doors.

JMSM then launched their first ever workshops. SPAD students had the opportunity to attend 1 of 3 workshops of their choosing including; 1) the successful job applicant. In this workshop students learned how to stand out over the competition and what employers are looking for. 2) A new star rising: overview of the experience from re-building a hockey franchise (Part 1) where delegates had the opportunity to understand how to deal with the challenges a franchise can experience during change; and finally 3) how to get your foot in the door which was with two former JMSM executives who have successfully broken into the industry and how their experiences can help us do the same.

After this delegates had a short break then went to their second workshop. These workshops consisted of public relations & crisis management, where speakers talked about how every organization must deal with unexpected circumstances and learn how to plan and react in the eye of the public. The next option was a new star is rising: experiences from rebuilding a hockey franchise (Part 2). And finally the last workshop choice for this session was marketing through sport, where delegates learned how to create a successful business relationship with a sports organization, from the corporation’s perspective. Delegates then were treated to dinner at Les Rotisseries St-Hubert followed by a casual night out.

Saturday started off with the next panel, Engaging a New Generation. The panel discussed strategies teams are using to garner fan involvement and loyalty. This panel discussed many interesting topics, including how current trends are showing that fans want social media interactions more than they want an autograph. This proves how powerful social media is as a tool for fan engagement. The next panel was The Discretionary Dollar where the panel discussed top level management strategies for selling tickets and driving revenue while maintaining a healthy profit. A big discussion during this panel was regarding ticket pricing and the secondary ticket market. It was mentioned that the secondary ticket market can harm a team due to the fact that once the ticket goes on the secondary market the team can no longer control the brand image associated with the ticket.

Next was one of the best parts of the weekend which was a one on one with Ken Holland, who is arguably one of the most successful General Managers in NHL history. Ken shared some stories from his time as a player in the NHL all the way to his 4 Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings. Ken touched on some very key points when running any organization and that is to develop people at their own pace, it’s the only way to tap into their potential, and how every organization needs difference makers.

SPAD students then went to their final workshop where they could choose from: The art of negotiations where delegates were given the chance to learn how to negotiate from the best, former MLB general manager, Ned Colletti. Other workshop topics included engaging a new generation which looked at the panel from earlier and put it into a more hands on context and finally delegates had the opportunity to attend a workshop focusing on “inside the sponsorship deal” where speakers illustrated the anatomy of a sponsorship deal and the importance of activation.

The night ended with a keynote closing address from Bill Clement during the conference gala. The annual JMSM conference is a great opportunity for SPAD students to socialize with other aspiring sports marketers, as well as gain insight from the industry’s top leaders in the historic city of Montréal. SPAD delegates can attest that the invaluable information gained and learned from attending this event over the last few years, and the wisdom shared from guest speakers has contributed to our knowledge and experience and elevates SPAD students – we are contenders and the future of the sports business industry.

2015Nov 16

Pepsico Video Game Tournament 2.0

Video Game 1After a great Halloween night, is there anything better than playing video games and eating an assortment of snacks? Didn’t think so. On November 1st 2015, SPAD hosted the PepsiCo Video Game Tournament 2.0. The tournament consisted of 3 competitive tournaments, The Sportsnet NHL 16 Tournament on X-box One, the FIFA 16 Tournament on PS4, and the NBA 2K16 tournament on X-box One. A big thanks goes out to the tournament sponsors, PepsiCo, Sportsnet, Marble Slabs Creamery, and Costco.

The PepsiCo Video Game Tournament 2.0 was played from 12 Noon to 5:30PM on November 1st, with the Sportsnet NHL 16 tournament consisting of 16 teams, and 32 participants overall. The FIFA 16 and NBA 2K16 Tournaments saw 10 participants each. In addition to the 3 competitive tournaments, there was an interactive MLB The Show Home Run Derby, which saw participants swing for the fences with their favourite MLB players.

While participants played their hearts out in each tournament
, they got to enjoy some great new snacks and drinks courtesy of PepsiCo. To add to the festivities, a Sunday wouldn’t be complete without some NFL football action, and organizers had it covered with NFL Game Center playing throughout the afternoon.

A special congratulations goes out to the tournament winners, who are as follow’s;
Sportsnet NHL 16 Tournament Winners – Mitch Schnitzler and Eric Foster
FIFA 16 Tournament Winner – Mike Cameron
NBA 2K16 Tournament Winner – Sean McColligan

Thank you to all participants, and to everyone who came out to the event, in addition to the tournament organizers, Neal Steven, Kevin Miller, Uma Pratapagiri, Kyle Jones, and Ben Goodman. The PepsiCo Video Game Tournament 2.0 was a huge success.

2015Oct 28

SPAD Wear is Back!

Roots LogoEach year the SPAD Student Council organizes SPAD-branded clothing for purchase by anybody in the SPAD family. This year’s Council is extremely excited to announce that ROOTS, a premier apparel company with a long history in sport, will be this year’s supplier of SPAD Wear. This year’s SPAD wear promises to offer quality products, in both women’s and men’s options that members of the SPAD family will be proud to wear. SPAD Student Council has also worked with Square and Weebly to allow for online ordering that is extremely easy to use.

SPAD Wear is a great way to represent yourself and the program you love. If you are hanging out with friends and family, in class, at other academic events, working on an internship or in the sports industry, this gear is a reminder of where you have come from and the family you have gained through this program.

Get your order started by clicking the following link: http://www.spadwear2015.weebly.com/

If you have any questions at all or just want to find out more about SPAD Wear and the order process this year, please feel free to contact either SPAD Student Council President Neal Steven at nsteven@laurentian.ca or Kevin Miller at kmiller@laurentian.ca.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015Oct 23

Flag Football Tournament

SPAD Flag FootballSaturday, September 26what a great day to host SPAD’s first official event of the 2015-16 academic year – the LU Flag Football Tournament. The fun began in the morning at 9:00am and ran until 4:00pm that afternoon. The round robin games were fast and electric, with many highlight-reel plays by students from all years and programs. In addition to the action on the gridiron, there were several skills competition games testing the individual skill and athletic prowess of the players, including a QB accuracy contest won by Ben Machin, a field goal kickoff won by Randy Brabbs, and the 40 yard dash won by Ian Pendrill. A special thanks also goes out to Toppers Pizza who provided lunch for all teams, organizers, and volunteers.

FLAG12 teams in total competed in two divisions, playing a minimum of 3 round robin games with the top 8 teams advancing to the playoffs. The playoffs were very exciting, with some very close and nail biting games. In the end it would be Blue Mountain State (BMS) vs. Mitt DartinBroncos (MDB) battling to be tournament champions. The finals got started with two quick touchdowns by each team. It stayed tight throughout the first half, with the score even at 13 going into halftime. The game was destined to be a nail biter. Each team in the second half took their fair share of penalties as the game started to wind down. In the end it came down to the final play of the game where the BMS quarterback threw a strike to his wide receiver for the score, and they won the game by a score of 25 to 20. With BMS’s victory they were awarded their trophy and $150 for their victory. Congratulations Blue Mountain State.

What a great day it was for football. A special thank you goes out to all participants and everyone who came out, as well as tournament organizers, Davis Beamish, Brayden Misley, Scott Birkbeck, Silas McKinnon, and Andrew Young for running an exciting event. Flag Football was a great way to start the year off.

 

 

 

 

 

2015Oct 22

Frosh Day

Frosh DayEvery September, SPAD Students return to Laurentian, excited for the start of what is bound to be yet another incredible year. Returning students catch up with one another, sharing their summer experiences, and soon enough, everyone begins to settle back into a routine. On Friday, September 11, 2015, the SPAD Program welcomed 70 new faces to the SPAD family. The annual SPAD Frosh Day represents the start of a new chapter, a chapter that will surely lead to amazing experiences and lifelong friendships. As per tradition, the SPAD Student Council hosts a day dedicated to the Frosh, which helps them familiarize themselves with not only their own year, but upper years and faculty as well.

The day began at 11:00am at the Ben Avery Soccer Field where SPAD Student Council welcomed 70 frosh to the program, introduced themselves, and gave their biggest pieces of advice. It was then time to give the frosh some SPAD Swag, as they received a SPAD Frosh t-shirt, as well as SPAD branded lanyards. Afterwards, it was time for the frosh to get to know each other with some introductions and icebreakers. Although icebreakers can be embarrassing at the time, the Frosh will surely look back in the future and have a good laugh at some of the events that occurred. Following the icebreakers, it was pizza time, as over 300 slices of Toppers Pizza were devoured by these eager firsts years, it was quite the performance. Once everyone was fed, it was time for some Q and A with Student Council, before heading off to Sudbury Kartway’s. From 2:00pm to 4:00pm the Frosh had the opportunity to bond while racing each other on the track, competing like PGA Pro’s on the putting greens, and smacking home runs in the batting cages. Afterwards, the SPAD Frosh were surprised with some SPAD Shot Glasses before the bus ride back to residence.

Later, after a quick rest in residence, it was time for the frosh to head down to West Residence for the first ever SPAD-wide meet-and-greet dinner. This was an amazing opportunity for frosh to familiarize themselves with SPAD and talk to upper years and faculty. In addition to the wonderful dinner, there was a Toronto Blue Jays 2016 Season Ticket raffle, with the winners being first years Mitchell Peck and Luke Mackrell.

Finally, before the end of this action-packed day, the SPAD Faculty introduced themselves in style, with Dr. Church welcoming everyone back for what is bound to be another great year. A big thank you goes out to Student Council and everyone who made this day possible. For all the SPAD Frosh, I want to welcome you to the SPAD family. Coming to SPAD was the best decision you have ever made!

2015Oct 21

Doha GOALS Forum – The Gathering of all Leaders in Sport

IMG_0166SPAD always offers incredible opportunities…even during the summer. On July 24th, ten young and eager SPAD students made their way to Los Angeles, California to attend Doha Goals Forum. Ten Students, along with Dr. Dana Ellis, represented SPAD at Doha Goals 2015.

Doha Goals primary initiative was to foster and grow the sports leaders of tomorrow, as sport can be used as a tool for inclusion, health, initiative and tolerance for all parties involved. Doha Goals wanted to inspire the millennial generation to be a catalyst for change; a catalyst for equality and diversity in the culturally rich world we live in. “I believe sport has a power to change society and change the world,” said former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo, a board member of Special Olympics International.

This was for many of us the opportunity of a lifetime. Opportunities like this do not come along often…to those who are not in SPAD that is.  SPAD had never before attended Doha Goals. World Cup Champion and Captain of the Team USA Soccer Team Abby Wambach made an interesting remark about opportunities “Be willing to walk through any door, as you will never know what is on the other side.” Abby Wambach is an inspiration to females and males alike all over the world. What is interesting is that she talked about how she is not successful because she was the fastest on the pitch or the best scorer, but because she never left a door unopened. Opportunities are presented to each and everyone of us every single day. The morale of the story is, takes chances, take risks, that is how you become great. Do the impossible, be the best you can be.IMG_0154

Over the four day weekend, we had the opportunity to visit many cool places; such as the Toyota Sports Complex where we played in a soccer tournament with other student ambassadors. Unfortunately Team SPAD was unable to make the knock out stage after a 2-1 finish. The one loss of the tournament came at the hands of Sean Garnier, and for those of you who don’t know who that is, he’s only the Freestyle Soccer Champion of the World. On Saturday July 25th, we attended the Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony hosted at LA Memorial Colosseum. What an experience that was, to see the power of sport, helping so many fulfil their dreams. The ceremonies were highlighted by performances by Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne, O.A.R and appearances by Michelle Obama, Jamaal Charles, and Michael Phelps. The most underlying fact of these games is the idea of equality.

“Most people feel like in order to win in life, you have to beat someone, you have to win and someone else has to lose. There’s a whole other side of life. What you discover here is sport as an expression of human desire. …In some ways, I think we’re scared of that beauty. Because when you see someone fall and get up or someone in first place goes to help that person up, those kinds of things can’t be communicated with words. If we paid attention to this more, the sports page would look a lot different” – Tim Schriver.

Tim Schriver is the Chairman for the Special Olympics and was a speaker at GenUine, which was another conference being hosted at the J.W Marriot in downtown Los Angeles. Doha Goals was blessed by the opportunity to attend GenUine and hear from its many speakers, including NBA Allstar Damian Lillard, Author and Public Speaker Deepak Chopra, and owner of Tim’s Place, Tim Harris. Each and every speaker being as inspirational as the next.

The vast majority of speakers talked about how passion is a cornerstone to changing the world. George Sprour the Chief Dreamer with Building Tomorrow talked about how “passion eats the impossible for breakfast every single day.” Essentially what he means is; if you want something, do not let anyone stop you, you are unique, you can change the world. Sport is forever changing and evolving; passion and dedication is what drives change. A common theme present throughout Doha Goals 2015 was the power of sport.

“Sport has the power to change the world…it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does” – Nelson Mandela.

So what did we learn, what did we take away from Doha Goals. I think for most of us Doha Goals provided us an opportunity to build awareness; it opened our eyes in showing us how powerful sport truly is. Everyone has the opportunity to be a game changer.

2015Oct 20

SPAD Jays Game 2015

Jays GameWhile most students attend university between September and April, in SPAD it’s year-round excitement and a lifetime of networking. The next two posts on the SPAD Blog will describe some of the great summer traditions and opportunities for SPAD students.

On August 15th, approximately 70 Sports Administration students ventured to the Rogers Centre for the annual SPAD Blue Jays game hosted by SPAD Council. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon, the sun was shining and the roof was open. It was going to be a great afternoon of baseball. The game was between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees, both teams neck and neck looking to win the American League East.

The game is an annual tradition where SPAD students can catch up with fellow classmates, and kickstart the new year. Like every year before, this is the first opportunity for upper-year students to meet some of the new SPAD Frosh. It’s also the frosh’s first chance to fully appreciate the SPAD experience and the strong network of students and alumni. Unfortunately for all the Jays fans in attendance, the experience wasn’t perfect, as the Blue Jays’ bats didn’t show up and they lost 4-1 to the Yankees.

Fortunately the festivities didn’t end there as a large number of the attending students walked down the street to Real Sports, North Americas premiere sports bar. It was a great time to share some laughs over dinner and drinks; a great day for all.

SPAD Council President, Neal Steven, was pleased with the excellent turnout and had this to say: “It was great to see so many SPAD students, alumni, and some excited new frosh come out and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of baseball.”

The annual SPAD Blue Jays game is always a great time for students. It has definitely made every one of us excited to head back up to Sudbury for another great year in SPAD.