Editor’s Note: Reporters and photographers are invited to attend an announcement of the agreement between UCCS and the Colorado Rapids scheduled for 10:30 a.m. March 10 at Alpine Field.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Students with a passion for soccer will be able to pursue a business degree with an emphasis in soccer management at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs College of Business beginning this fall.
Students in the program will gain hands-on experience through professional practicums with the Colorado Rapids organization. Soccer management will be housed within the high-demand Sport Management Program, an area of emphasis in the Bachelor of Science in Business degree at UCCS.
“We have worked diligently to build our relationships with soccer clubs that can provide the type of rigorous professional learning experience students need to launch successful careers in the soccer industry,” Eric Olson, director, Sport Management Program said. “There’s a very good reason this program is part of an internationally accredited, world-class business degree. In the ultra-competitive world of sport business, this is the kind of education and experiential training that opens doors and sets you apart as a sports professional. This is the only program of its kind in the nation.”
Students in the program complete coursework in subjects such as sport marketing, sport law, accounting and finance in small classes taught by doctoral degree-holding university faculty and industry professionals. Students supplement classroom education by rotating through professional practicums where current Rapids front office staff will provide real world learning experiences in areas such as marketing, ticket sales, sponsorship sales and soccer operations. Additional training will occur in the UCCS Education Center, a suite at the Rapids facility, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
“We are delighted to launch such an innovative sports business program with UCCS,” Tim Hinchey, Colorado Rapids president, said. “We feel that the blend of the Rapids’ practical know-how and the academic reputation of UCCS could help create some of the sports business leaders of tomorrow.”
“I’m delighted to see the realization of over two years of hard work between UCCS and the Colorado Rapids,” Venkat Reddy, dean, College of Business said. “This first of its kind program truly exemplifies both our organizations’ passion for preparing students for bright futures in the exciting and expanding business of soccer.”
UCCS and the Rapids will formally announce the partnership at 10:30 a.m. March 10 at Alpine Field. The field is located on top of the Alpine Garage on the west side of the UCCS campus, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. A map is available at http://www.uccs.edu/map. Colorado Rapids players and executives, as well as campus leaders, will attend and will be available to media outlets for comment.
The UCCS Sport Management Program is a selective degree program designed for serious students who share a passion for sports and a desire to build careers in this face-paced industry. For more information visit www.uccs.edu/smp
The UCCS College of Business was established in 1965 and has more than 1,000 undergraduates and 350 MBA and distance MBA students. The College of Business and Administration awards the Bachelor of Science in Business and Bachelor of Innovation degrees. The Graduate School of Business Administration awards the Master of Business Administration degree. More than 8,000 alumni of the College of Business live and work around the world. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu/business.
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in Colorado. The University offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 11,000 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.