Cleveland State to host 'The Summer Institute' for aspiring sport management students


May 7, 2018

By Sean McDonnell

To go along with the recent overhaul of the sports management major requirements, Cleveland State University will host “The Summer Institute,” a new event scheduled for June 17 to 23 for high school students interested in entering the sports management field. 

During the program’s seven-day span, participants will have a hands-on learning experience to give them a unique look at the major.

Ron Willner, a sports management lecturer at Cleveland State, is the creator of the new event, which he said will give high school students a taste of the field as well as a glimpse into college life.

“This will be an opportunity for high school [students] that want to learn about the sport entertainment management field to hear [from] industry professionals,” Willner said.

The week-long program will host a star-studded cast of local sport and entertainment management professionals, including speakers from the Cleveland Indians, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Live Nation, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Cleveland Monsters and Cleveland State’s athletic department.

The students will be following a schedule meant to mimic college classes, meeting each day from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with time allotted out for lectures and their capstone project. The students won’t be in class all day, as the program includes tours of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and tickets to an Indians game, with several other tours planned.
According to Willner, The Summer Institute — as well as the Sport Management major’s recent changes — are both being used as recruitment opportunities to show what Cleveland State has to offer.

Willner said that the university’s downtown location gives it a big advantage over other schools.

“Not too many kids get to realize that,” Willner said. “This university sits among three professional sports teams and it’s a great experience for all of them.”



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Cleveland State to host 'The Summer Institute' for aspiring sport management students


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