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UT Martin students to work hospitality at Pro Bowl Super Bowl in Glendale Ariz.

01-21-2015


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MARTIN, Tenn. – Six students from the University of Tennessee at Martin’s sport business program will work hospitality events at both the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Dexter Davis, assistant professor of sport business, will lead the group. This is Davis’ 10th Super Bowl and the second for UT Martin students.

Students will not be in the stands eating popcorn, however. At the Pro Bowl, they will be involved in coordinating pre-game events, fan activities and post-game hospitality. At the Super Bowl, students will likely work with Davis, who helps manage player appearances at the event. This includes assisting with arrival and departure, coordinating autograph signing venues and escorting players between events. Students will also assist with the post-game event, where visitors who have paid an extra fee are allowed to go onto the field after the trophy has been presented.

The group will leave Jan. 23 and return Feb. 3. During their time in Phoenix, they will also be assisting the local organizing committee prepare for the Super Bowl, as well as meeting with members of the Phoenix Coyotes staff; touring the Salt Lick Fields complex, a spring training facility for the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies; taking a trail ride on Camelback Mountain and attending the Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies NBA game Monday after the Super Bowl.

Students interested in participating this year were required to submit a cover letter and resume to Davis, as well as complete a formal interview with him, before being selected. Davis treats the process like a job application because involvement with the NFL opens doors only the NFL can open.

“Anytime you are able to put a brand like the NFL next to your name, it garners attention. With some hard work and a little luck, I will be able to use this experience as a platform for a long, successful career in the football industry,” said Ian McGrew, a senior from Troy.

“The Super Bowl is one of the most influential events of the year, especially when it comes to advertising,” said Courtney Caton, a sophomore from Huntingdon. “As a marketing major, I am intrigued by all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into the advertising and production of such a large event. I am most excited about making connections with possible employers about internships or a career.”

The other students attending are Ross Landreth, a senior from Selmer; Jamison Matney, a senior from Bon Aqua; Rachel Robison, a senior from Springville; and Dakota Shanes, a sophomore from Bon Aqua. Caton, Robison and Shanes are marketing majors, while Landreth, Matney and McGrew are sport business majors.

Robison is the only student from this year’s team to have also attended last year’s Super Bowl with Davis. “The hands-on involvement that I received from last year’s Super Bowl was enlightening. I think that going back for a second time I will be able to receive a more in-depth understanding of the event planning side of things,” she said. Last year’s team worked as customer service staff members during the game.

For more information, contact Davis at 731-881-7369 or by email at ddavis78@utm.edu.

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MARTIN, Tenn. – Jan. 21, 2015 – UT MARTIN STUDENTS WORK HOSPITALITY AT PRO BOWL, SUPER BOWL – Six students from the University of Tennessee at Martin’s sport business program will work hospitality events at both the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Dexter Davis, assistant professor of sport business, will lead the group. This is Davis’ 10th Super Bowl and the second for UT Martin students. At the Pro Bowl, students will be involved in coordinating pre-game events, fan activities and post-game hospitality. At the Super Bowl, students will likely work with Davis, who helps manage player appearances at the event. This includes assisting with arrival and departure, coordinating autograph signing venues and escorting players between events. Students will also assist with the post-game event, where visitors who have paid an extra fee are allowed to go onto the field after the trophy has been presented. Pictured (l-r) are Courtney Caton, a sophomore from Huntingdon; Ross Landreth, a senior from Selmer; Ian McGrew, a senior from Troy; Davis; Dakota Shanes, a sophomore from Bon Aqua; Jamison Matney, a senior from Bon Aqua; and Rachel Robison, a senior from Springville. Caton, Robison and Shanes are marketing majors, while Landreth, Matney and McGrew are sport business majors.










 

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