Sport Symposium brings talented speakers

Trinity University, in partnership with St. Mary’s and University of Incarnate Word, will hold its third annual Sport Management Symposium on April 18. This year’s theme, “Doing Sports Right,” will focus primarily on sports ethics, sports scandals and other recent news in the sports world.

“The overall theme is “˜how do we do sport in a way that produces good,” said Jacob Tingle, director of the sport management minor at Trinity. “We read a lot unfortunately about sport that’s done in a way that produces bad. We read about Jerry Sandusky and Penn State, we read about the “˜bounty game’ with the New Orleans Saints. There are a million positive things that go on in the world of sports that unfortunately, you know, don’t drive ratings to ESPN.”

The Keynote speaker for the symposium will be Keith Harrison, associate professor in the DeVos Sport Business Management Program at the University of Central Florida and CEO of the non-profit organization Scholar Baller, which works with universities and high schools to help athletes compete as much in the classroom as they do in their respective sport.

“I’m  going  to do an overview  focusing on primarily four areas,” Harrison said. “The socialization of athletes in society, academic success, the impact of media and how we see student athletes and my program, Scholar Baller.”

Other  panelists include Terris Tiller, a Trinity alumnus graduate from 2000 and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, Jo Anne Hultgren, head coach of the successful Churchill High School’s girls’ volleyball team and Rafael Moffett, Director of Campus Community Involvement and a former member of Washington State University’s men’s basketball team.

For the first time this year, two Trinity student athletes, Nykolas McKissic and Elena Edwards, will also be panelists at the symposium.

“They are truly outstanding athletes but also outstanding students, so essentially embodying what college athletics can do and should be about,” Tingle said.

Edwards is a junior math major and has won a few conference championships on the track team. McKissic is a junior history major and the quarterback of the football team.

“Sports are in every aspect of our lives, whether it’s political, social, economical,” McKissic said. “I think taking a step back and thinking about things we can do to make sports better for athletes all across the world is an important thing to think about.”

Opening remarks will be given by Ahlburg and closing remarks will be given by men’s head soccer coach Paul McGinlay.

There will be two breakout sessions throughout the symposium where attendees can interact with panelists in a smaller setting. The symposium will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres.

“It’s my hope that when people leave the symposium they have something that can benefit them personally, but, even more importantly, that can benefit potentially the future generations of young folks that symposium attendees will interact with,” Tingle said.