Sports Business Organization’s First Semester Shows Promise
By Christian Rada ’22
At the start of this semester, the Sports Business Organization Club was formed for students interested in entering the sports industry. The club has already brought in five key sports leaders as guests to talk to students about their stories and how they entered the industry. When asking Graham Collopy ’21 about the goals and expectations for the club, he responded, “We want to be able to have a close-knit community of around 40 members who are actively trying to join the sports industry.”
As of right now, Providence College does not have many programs or majors dedicated to the sports industry. Many people believe that in order for someone to join the sports industry they must only take business courses; however, there are many other classes that are a part of the industry such as sports psychology and sports media. The club is open to anybody and welcomes all potential members. PC students have had some opportunities at the Career Expo but many want to take the next step to get more involved in the industry.
In the next few years, the club wants to start hosting special guests to come give speeches to the PC community. The club is deciding on which path to take; it is currently based more on professionals lecturing on their careers.
So far, the club has brought in four speakers to share their experiences in their respective fields.
The first speaker was Sean Holley ’84. After graduating from PC, Holley recieved a law degree from the Catholic University of America. He then went on to become a sports agent for several NBA players and worked for the Big East Conference. He is now a professor at PC, where he teaches the History of Sports Colloquium for the Development of Western Civilization Program.
Two of the more well-known speakers from around campus were Nick Rojas, who works with Providence College Athletic Director Bob Driscoll and friars.com. While Rojas talked about his career in media and his work with covering the athletic teams, he also had dialogue with students with aspirations in other sport fields such as marketing, event planning, or even those exploring their options.
There are plans to make the club receive college credit since it is similar to a lecture-based class environment. When asking about future goals for the club Collopy stated, “Next year, we are trying to contact the President of the Celtics, Rich Gotham ’86, in order for a group of students to visit his office for him to give a speech then plan to see a Celtics game.” The club is heading in the right direction, as it wants to expand students’ horizons and give them opportunities for the future. “The club wants to help students out and give them meaningful experiences before leaving for college,” said Collopy. Next year, the club will be a part of the Involvement Fair that happens every semester.
Track Team Finds Success at Big East Championship
By Christian Rada ’22
This past week, the Big East Conference announced the All-Big East Conference squad; which is comprised of competitors who finished in the top three of any individual or relay event in the championships. Fifty-nine women and 61 men complete the list. A total of 31 student-athletes—17 women, 18 men—earned all-conference for multiple events. This year many Friars qualified for the Big East team including Jack Carleo ’21, Nick Carleo ’20, Trevor Crawley ’19, Ryan Jendzejec ’21, Michael O’Leary ’19, Daniel Rooney ’21, Maria Coffin ’21, Alex DeCicco ’20, Mariah O’Gara ’20, Millie Paladino ’19, Catarina Rocha ’19RS, and Abbey Wheeler ’20.
On Feb. 23, the Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track Teams competed in the Big East Tournament with the women’s team finishing seventh overall with 51 points and the men’s team finishing sixth with 33 points. Paladino blew the crowd away making huge strides from the beginning. She and her fellow teammate Briana Ilarda ’19 were in the leading front three bombing for the finish line. By the last 200 meters, it was a race for first between the two Friars and a Villanova athlete. Paladino would finish first overall in a time of 9:24.29. This resulted in back-to-back 3,000-meter titles for Paladino. Ilarda would finish second overall with a time of 9:26.34, and Regan Rome ’GS would come in fourth securing points for the Friars.
For the men’s indoor team, Rooney had a strong showing for the Friars in the 60 meter hurdle finals and would place eighth overall in a time of 8.68 which was .02 seconds less than his previous record making a new personal record. Rooney’s time is now the second all-time fastest in the school’s history. Michael Bittner ’20 took eighth place in the high jump with a height of 1.85 meters. The men’s 4×800 meter relay team of Carleo, Jendzejec, Carleo, and Michael Wyman ’GS took the lead for the first two legs of the relay. On the third leg it was a battle between the Friars and the Wildcats. The team finished with a silver medal with a time of 7:32.54, only four seconds off the school record.
This past weekend both the PC Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track Teams competed in the IC4A Championships at Boston University. The Friars excelled in many races in just the first two days, some even breaking their own personal records. For the men’s indoor track team, Jendzejec started his race in the 1,000 meter finals. Jendzejec placed eighth overall and ran a PR of 2:27.33, which is almost seven seconds faster than his previous race. Veteran runners, Marcus Karamanolis ’19 and Marcelo Rocha ’21, both competed in the 3,000 meter finals. Karamanolis ran his heart out as he finished ninth in the seeded heat in a time of 8:19.55. For the women’s indoor track team, six Friars competed in the preliminary heats. DeCicco raced the preliminaries of the 1,000 meters and finished eighth in her heat with a time of 3:02.55.