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The 2012 Academy has been suspended due to the move to Copeland Hall.
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The Ohio University College of Business and Center of Sports Administration is are proud to present the second annual OHIO Sports Business Academy July 18-25, 2011. This week-long Academy focuses on establishing a basis for which the future leaders in sports can begin their journey into the ever-changing world of sports. The OHIO Sports Business Academy will provide a full academic course worth of material in one week of work and subsequent online sessions (online sessions only for students choosing the course credit option). The Academy delivers content through classroom settings, practical experiences, guest lecturers by visiting sports executives, and field trips.   

Academy participants will have the opportunity to learn from some of the top professors and sport executives within the sports industry, participate in practical experiences through a collegiate summer baseball league team based out of Athens, Ohio (Southern Ohio Copperheads), embark on field trips to collegiate and professional sport facilities in Ohio, and participate in evening networking/social activities.

Since the Academy covers a full academic course in one week, it is imperative that students arrive at Ohio University ready to study and work hard. The Academy provides a college-level environment in which the professors and counselors will expect each participant to focus on their work, while also having fun learning about the sports business world.

Along with the OHIO Sports Business Academy’s academic and experiential benefits, the Academy provides the opportunity to earn college credit. Participants are eligible, for an additional fee, to earn three (3) credit hours (in a quarter system). These credits will fulfill the first sport management requirement within the Ohio University Bachelor’s of Sport Management degree track and Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Sport Management (SASM 201). The credits are also transferrable as elective credits to most higher education institutions. Please contact the institution of your choice for clarification on college credit transfer requirements.

For those students who matriculate to Ohio University, this credit will give you priority registration--the opportunity to register for subsequent courses ahead of other entering freshmen.

The OHIO Sports Business Academy is for students who are entering their junior or senior year in high school or entering their freshman year of college. The Academy recommends applicants have a grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) and demonstrate outstanding extracurricular involvement. Applying students should also have a strong interest in the sports business industry and a passion for hard work.

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The Ohio University Sport Management undergraduate program is regarded for its excellence in preparing students for careers in professional sports, intercollegiate athletics, amateur sports, youth sports, sports agencies, and corporate positions with a sport-related component. OHIO’s undergraduate sport management program is approved by the Sport Management Program Review Council (SMPRC), which accounts for only 10 percent of U.S. sport management programs. 

Along with the Sport Management undergraduate program, the Sports Administration and Facility Management graduate program is widely regarded as the top sports administration program in the country. Under the guidance of Walter O’Malley, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the first ever sports administration program was started at Ohio University in 1966. Since its founding, the graduate program has grown an alumni base of over 1,200 members within every aspect of the sporting industry making the Ohio University Sports Administration brand one of the strongest and most respected in the entire sporting industry. 

In addition to the success and notoriety surrounding both the graduate and undergraduate programs at Ohio University, the state of Ohio provides students with a vast array of practical experiences unseen in other states. With six professional teams, 194 colleges and universities, and over 10 minor league teams all within the state boundaries, the practical opportunities are endless. 

In addition, the Southern Ohio Copperheads baseball team, based in Athens, Ohio, is run by Ohio sports business students, and competes in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. The Copperheads provide undergraduates and graduates the opportunity to run a minor league style baseball team from the ground up. The students are in charge of soliciting sponsorships, ticket sales, marketing, game day operations, and concession sales, among many other tasks.

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The core of the 2010 OHIO Sports Business Academy curriculum will be based on the textbook, Principles and Practice of Sport Management. A copy of the textbook will be provided to each accepted applicant. More information on the curriculum and schedule will be available in late Spring 2011!

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To apply for the 2011 OHIO Sports Business Academy, all materials must be received by June 1, 2011; , Once a student is accepted, a nonrefundable $500 deposit is required to hold a spot in the Academy.  The Academy Course Credit Discount is limited to the first 50 students to complete the application, submit their deposit, and complete their registration.

*A Special Discount of $250 is available to those registering before March 1, 2011!
Click here to see Academy Rates.

To reserve your place in the first annual OHIO Sports Business Academy, please mail the following items in one (1) envelope:
  • Program Application form (please click here)
  • One (1) Essay (see below for details)
  • One (1) Letter of Recommendation from a teacher, coach, advisor, administrator, counselor, etc. This may not be a family member.
  • Official or Unofficial High School Transcript(s)
  • Minimum 3.0 (4.0 scale) cumulative GPA. If minimum cumulative GPA is not met, a supplemental essay and second letter of recommendation are required (see below for details).
Essay Question
Please choose one topic (Essay A or Essay B). Essay must be no more than two (2) typewritten pages, double-spaced with 1-inch margins.
Essay A: Why are you interested in the OHIO Sports Business Academy?
Essay B: Provide an example of how you have demonstrated your involvement outside of the classroom and how it will enhance your participation in the OHIO Sports Business Academy.

Supplemental Essay Question and Letter of Recommendation
If you do not have a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 (4.0 scale), to be considered for the 2011 OHIO Sports Business Academy, you must provide an additional essay  and second letter of recommendation.
Supplemental Essay: What do you consider to be the two most critical issues facing the sports industry and why? Essay must be no more than two (2) typewritten pages,double-spaced with 1-inch margins
Second Letter of Recommendation: from a current or former teacher, focused on explaining your ability to complete college level coursework and your enthusiasm for sports business. 

Please mail the application materials in one (1) envelope to

Pat Davidson
Office of Summer Sessions
Sports Business Academy
219 Haning Hall
Athens, OH 45701

If the applicant is accepted for the 2011 OHIO Sports Business Academy, registration materials will be e-mailed to the e-mail address listed on their submitted Program Application form.

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Rates & Registration

The 2011 Sports Business Academy program rate includes:
  • Principles and Practice of Sport Management textbook
  • Printed Materials
  • Campus Housing
  • Meals
  • Polo Shirt
  • Class Trips
  • Sport Event Tickets
  • Evening Activities
  • Event Transportation
  • Ground transportation to and from Port Columbus International Airport-CMH
  • Access to the campus Student Health Center
Optional College Credit
Along with the classroom and practical experiences offered by the OHIO Sports Business Academy, the Academy provides the opportunity to earn three (3) college credits. These credits will be recorded as SASM 201 credits at Ohio University.

*The Academy Credit Discount is available to the first 50 participants who are accepted and complete the registration process.

2011 Sports Business Academy Student Rates
  Academy Rate
without Credit
In-State Students
with Credit Option

Out-of-State Students
with Credit Option
Academy Rate $1,750.00 $1,750.00 $1,750.00
Three (3) Credit Rate $0.00 + $906.00 + $1,791.00
Academy Credit Discount $0.00 - $406.00 - $1,291.00
Total Academy Rate $1,750.00 $2,250.00 $2,250.00

The credits are transferable as elective credits to most universities around the country. Please contact the University of your choice for clarification on college credit transfer requirements.

If the applicant is accepted for the 2011 OHIO Sports Business Academy, registration materials will be e-mailed to the e-mail address listed on their submitted Program Application form.

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Contact Us
For general questions about the 2011 OHIO Sports Business Academy, please contact:
Andrew L. Kreutzer, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Sports Administration
Ohio University
(740) 593-9495 or kreutzer@ohio.edu

For questions regarding registration or payment, please contact:
Pat Davidson
Office of Summer Sessions
Lifelong and Distance Learning
219 Haning Hall
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: (740) 593-1767
Fax: (740) 593-2901
E-mail: davidson@ohio.edu

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Academy FAQs
Where is Ohio University?
Founded in 1804, Ohio University is situated on 1,800 acres in Athens, Ohio. For more information visit http://www.ohio.edu/athens/travel/ or click here.

What are the accommodations?
All OHIO Sports Business Academy participants will stay in residence halls on the beautiful OHIO University Athens Campus.  For more information about campus housing, please visit the Residential Housing Office website at http://www.facilities.ohiou.edu/housing/rs/index.html or click here.

Can I register for the credit option later if I am currently unsure about signing up for it right now?
Yes! You choose to enroll in the college credit option after you have already completed the Academy application and registration processes. However, the Academy Credit Discount is only available to the first 50 accepted participants.  Please contact Pat Davidson at (740) 593-1767 or e-mail her at davidson@ohio.edu and her office will send you materials to enroll in the college credit offering.

If I choose the credit option for the OHIO Sports Business Academy, do I have to apply for admission to Ohio University?
Yes! You will need to complete the application process to be considered for non-degree admission. The appropriate forms and information will be sent to you by Pat Davidson in the Office of Summer Sessions.

Is airfare included?
No. Tuition and Academy Fee include textbook, printed materials, campus housing, meals, polo shirt, class trips, sport event tickets, evening activities, event transportation, ground transportation (vans only to and from Port Columbus International Airport-CMH), and access to the campus Student Health Center.

When will I know my application status?
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. At minimum, expect at least five business days before notification. OHIO Sports Business Academy staff will call each applicant with admission status.

Is there an application fee or deposit?
Yes! There is a $500 nonrefundable deposit that will be applied to the total cost of the Academy. Please visit Rates and Registration for more details.

As an applicant, what discounts can I qualify for?
If your application is received before March 1st, you will receive a $250 discount. Each accepted student who opts for course credit receives a tuition waiver of either $406 (in-state) or $1,291 (out-of-state). In addition, if you are granted admission and are registered to attend, each friend referral who also attends the OHIO Sports Business Academy will earn you an additional $50 discount.

How can I raise money to help pay for OHIO Sports Business Academy tuition?
There are a variety of ways you can fundraise for the OHIO Sports Business Academy. Bake sales, car washes, even pledges that split the donation toward the camp and a non-profit organization/charity are common ideas. If you need additional fundraising ideas, visit http://www.fundraising-ideas.org/ or click here.

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