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Fisher Students Network with D.C. Sports Professionals

February 27, 2018

St. John Fisher College students had the opportunity to network with professionals from Major League Soccer and the NFL during the Sport Management Club's annual trip.

Members of the Sport Management Club visited the National Football League Players Association, which has its headquarters in D.C.

Sixteen members of the club, along with advisor Dr. Katharine Burakowski and Professor Patrick Gordon, travelled to Washington, D.C. in late February for four days of tours and networking.

The group met with sales team executives from D.C. United, a member of Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference. They toured the Audi Field Preview Center and also took an augmented reality tour of the team’s new facility, set to open in July 2018. The executives shared their paths to working for the team and answered questions from the students.

The club also visited the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), the labor organization that represents professional football players. There, the organization’s internship recruiter, along with current interns, discussed NFLPA’s four properties, including NFLPA, NFL Players, Inc., the Trust, and ACE Media.

After a day of learning and networking, the group spent time enjoying the city. Students visited the National Mall, including the Washington Monument, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the National WWII Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial, as well as some of the Smithsonian museums, the National Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the White House.

In addition, they took in an NBA game between the Washington Wizards and Charlotte Hornets and watched the Buffalo Sabres take on the Washington Capitals for a night of hockey.