As part of the York College's Sport Management curriculum, students are required to participate in 120 hours of hands-on experience at the College's fitness center during their first two years of our college. During this experience students participate in game day operations at York College sporting events and manage the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center.
During my practicum experience, I filled various roles at the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center. The first year of practicum was focused on game day operations, from which I learned about all of the components that are needed to successfully hold a sporting event. This participation made me aware of the importance of teamwork, effective communication, as well as thinking on my feet.
The second and last year of practicum experience focused on facility management. Here I acted as a desk attendant and as a building supervisor. I utilized and improved my communication and teamwork skills, in having to interact with different members of the college community and managing the entire building. I also learned the vital new skill of risk management, by completing daily safety checks. Throughout the entire experience I learned how to utilize a communication log , which was used to inform other shifts of the events of note in the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center. The last and perhaps the most important skill I learned throughout practicum is the importance of professionalism. The Sport Management major emphasizes this skill on a daily basis. Below I have the paper I wrote, the evaluations that I received form my supervisor, as well as my overall evaluation for my last semester of practicum.