Columbus, Ohio – Interns participating in the Ohio State Athletics Bucks Go Pro 1.0 program gave presentations to Athletics Department staff Thursday, offering suggestions and improvements to existing programs and processes.
There were seven presentations with approximately 33 athletes from the 2022 Bucks Go Pro 1.0 Summer Camp.
The Eugene D. Smith Leadership Institute’s longest-running program, the Bucks Go Pro Internship Program 1.0, takes place over eight weeks during the summer and provides student-athletes with valuable hands-on work experience. The program includes an educational program focused on areas such as networking, leadership and personal finance.
Leah Sax, who represents the women’s lacrosse team among the 2022 Bucks Go Pro trainees, said the presentation experience will be an advantage for her future educational and professional endeavors.
“The group project was one of the highlights of my internship experience,” Sax said. “My future career in medicine will be incredibly team-oriented, so having the opportunity to model that teamwork now provided a great learning opportunity. Through the group project, I learned to build relationships based on experiences shared with student-athletes from different teams, to combine individual strengths and leadership styles to capitalize on everyone’s contributions and to integrate the diversity of experiences, ideas and perspectives into a more effective project vision and succeeded.
Summary of the presentation
Trainees: Nicole Riccardi (Center for Innovation Strategies), Derek Keizer (Ticketing), Jadon Roberson (Marketing), Sydney Taylor (Development), Leah Sax (OSU Physicians)
Group leader: Omari De Berry
From a student-athlete perspective, we planned and hosted the annual Buckeye Bash, a homecoming celebration on campus for our 36 varsity teams. Throughout the project, we analyzed the budget and marketing tactics for the event, food vendors, activities and events, and a t-shirt design.
Trainees: Caroline Walsh (Compliance), Peter Van Euwen (Camps), Jonathan Edwards (Sports Operations), Emma Pritchard (Brand & Licensing), Sarah Morbitzer (Wexner – Nutrition Services)
Group leaders: Jamie Wood and Nikki Kaplan
Our group has been assigned the task of improving the Compliance Department’s educational videos. The purpose of these videos is to educate student-athletes on what they need to do to stay eligible on the compliance side. In our presentation, we highlighted what we believe needs improvement and provided some ways to implement those improvements.
Trainees: Ari Allen (HR), Shaw Satterfield (Office of Investments), Amanda Theile (Office of Compliance and Integrity), Caitlin Foley (Office of Student Life), Sarah Richards (Wexner Medical Center)
Group leaders: Jessica Fortin and Colin Thompson
Our group has been tasked with finding new ways to publicize part-time employment opportunities for the Nationwide Arena and Schottenstein Center. To prepare for our project, we explored similar arenas across the national network, looking for the most effective way to broadcast to their target audience. We’ve gone through the arena websites and Handshake profiles and provided advice on where we think they can improve. We’ve suggested ideas for how social media could play an important role in recruiting people of all ages. Along with this, we compiled a list of external organizations that would be interested in working for the arenas.
Trainees: Jess O’Loughlin (Human Performance Collaborative), Taji Flynn (Center for Entrepreneurship), Jean-Pierre Khouzam (Nutrition), Kit Kat Zenick (SPAWS)
Group leaders: Alex Sommer and Sio St. John
Buckeye Inclusion’s mission is to find ways to create an inclusive environment for everyone involved in the advancement of athletics or business, while highlighting the diverse stories and backgrounds of these people. Our group was tasked with creating an event designed to engage and educate all student-athletes on the role of Buckeye Inclusion within the university, as well as revamping digital media to provide media users with a more up-to-date experience .
THE BLACK WELL
Trainees: Laurence Wootton (The Blackwell), Emily Ruck (Sports Ops), Abigail Kuhn (Business Office), Maya Geringer (Student Life Office)
Group leaders: Jessica Anderson and Melody Reed
As the only on-campus hotel in Ohio State, the Blackwell Inn and Pfahl Conference Center can provide the Buckeye community with a unique travel experience. By creating a content calendar with a library of shareable images and implementing new ideas for Blackwell tailgates during football season, our team can increase their social media presence and diversify tailgate crowds. By doing so, we believe The Blackwell can experience increased website traffic and event attendance, ultimately providing more visibility for the hotel.
Trainees: Nolan Williams (SPAWS), Mary Jaskoviak (athletic training), Riley Brengman (camps), Josie Cahall (communications), Jack Leverett (IT)
Group leader: Annie O’Neill
Our mission for the Sports Administration Project this year was to improve the experience at award ceremonies in athletics. Throughout the summer, we plan to create events that celebrate the achievements of our athletes by updating and improving gifts, decor, food and venue selections. We plan to achieve two visions to ensure that all champions are recognized.
Trainees: Hannah Oliveros (Digital Media), Rylee Rader (Sports Administration), Eugene Brown (LiFEsports), Bobby Van Buren (Strength & Conditioning), Nina Adrianos (Nutrition)
Group leaders: Bri Gazmarian and Alex Penrose
The digital media group spent the summer working together to develop and launch the Ohio State Athletics official tik tok account. The task included filming and editing behind-the-scenes videos of each sport within athletics. The goal of launching the official tik tok account is to build a successful following by showcasing all of our student-athletes.