Wow, the Final Four is fast approaching and that means itâ€™s about time for the Sports Managementâ€™s second annual â€œFinal Four Experience.â€
This is my first year going but Professor Curtis and Dr. Barr already have a full schedule for us, more than last years. Not only will be attending the semi-final games and championship game, but before we even get to San Antonio, we are going to Austin, Texas to visit the University of Texas on Tuesday. Being from Arkansas, I was raised to not like the University of Texas, but this wonâ€™t keep me from going in with an open mind. We are going to meet with the Director of Womenâ€™s Athletics, Chris Plonsky, tour the stadiums, and then cap it off by watching a UT- Rice baseball game, which is a big rivalry in college baseball.
The next day we are going to go to San Antonio, where we will go to the LaCantera Golf Club, where the PGA Tour Valero Texas Open is held. After that we are going to Spurs Sports & Entertainment, the on a tour of the AT&T Center. Then we will go to the San Antonio Office of Convention, Sports & Entertainment Facilities. Then we are going to meet with the director of sales with the San Antonio Rampage, a minor league hockey team. After the meeting, we are going to watch the Rampage take on the Milwaukee Admirals.
Then Thursday, we are going to meet Judge Nelson W. Wolff, head of San Antonioâ€™s Major League Baseball efforts. Judge Wolff was pivotal in trying to lure the Marlins to San Antonio. After meeting with Judge Wolff, we are going to meet with the President of the Valero Alamo Bowl. Then we will go to meet with officials with the University of Texas- San Antonio, followed by meeting the President of the Texas League, a Class AA minor league baseball league, and the marketing director of marketing with the San Antonio Missions, then to watch them play the N.W. Arkansas Naturals on Opening Day.
Friday, we are going to volunteer with the 2008 College Tip-off College Fair, which is just what it sounds like, a college fair for high school students. After we eat lunch, we are going to meet with the executive director of the San Antonio Sports Foundation, and watch a little bit of a shoot around, which I will enjoy. Then to do more volunteering, but this one is doing a survey for the NCAA.
On Saturday, we will go to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Expo, where every company who makes basketball products will be trying to sell items to coaches. Then we will go to NCAA Hoop City as well as meet with David Barrett, who wrote â€œOne Shining Momentâ€ which is the theme song for the Final Four. Then we will go meet with the sales director and special events Vice President of RazorGator, which is the official ticket outlet of the NCAA Tournament. Then after that we will relax and watch the semi-finals.
On Sunday, we will be helping with the NCAA Dome Dribblersâ€™. We will be making sure kids stay where they are supposed to be, as well as showing them how to dribble if they need help. Then we will be able to attend the My CokeFest at The Big Danceâ„¢.
Monday, we will go see the Alamo, which in the words of Professor Curtis, â€œIt will take about 5 minutes at most.â€ Then later we will do some more work with RazorGator. Then that night we will relax and watch the Championship Game. Then fly back to school on Tuesday.
And just remember, just because its not in the classroom, doesnâ€™t mean its not a class.Â Gene