Graduate student Al Raitt celebrating on the ice after the Kings win the Stanley Cup
Several students from CSULB’s Master of Arts in Kinesiology (Option in Sport Management) program celebrated alongside the L.A. Kings on the ice after winning the 2012 Stanley Cup. The program, which prepares students to work in a variety of roles in the sport management industry, includes an internship portion that allows students to do hands-on work in the field. Students and alumni have been working with the L.A. Kings for years through the program, so this year’s championship—the team’s first—was a moment of great celebration.
Al Raitt, a current student in the program, worked in the Game Entertainment and Events Department as a stage manager and experienced the inner workings of the National Hockey League as it prepared for the championships. During the series, Raitt was responsible for directing the cleaning crew on and off the ice and for organizing the youth hockey players who skated onto the ice before each game of the series to unveil the American flag during the National Anthem. “One of the more special moments that I got to experience was dealing with Wayne Gretzky…getting to talk and work with arguably the greatest hockey player of all time,” Raitt said.
When the Kings won the Cup, Raitt said there was “crying, laughing, cheering, and stunned silence.” He explained that after the MVP Cup and the Stanley Cup were presented, he and his classmates had the opportunity to go onto the ice and celebrate with the players and their families. “This is where I first got to touch the Cup and it was one of the best moments of my life,” Raitt said. Other Sport Management students and alumni who were involved in the Kings’ championship were Lauren Nowinski, Sarah Ambrose, Rogelio Ruelas, Joe Carlucci, and Bill Steele.
“Our students intern with professional teams such as the Kings, the Ducks, the Angels, and the Clippers,” said Diane Higgs, Manager of Student Affairs and Internship Coordinator for the Sport Management program at CSULB. “Many students focus their internships on college athletics and get their experience with Cal State Long Beach, UCLA, USC, Loyola Marymount University, and UCI,” she continued. “Other areas of interest for our students’ career path are non-profits such as the Special Olympics and the American Youth Soccer Organization. There is a plethora of sports opportunities in Southern California!”
Graduate student Sarah Ambrose with the Stanley Cup
Students can also take their experience abroad. Current students Dario Soto and Daniel Beritchevski traveled to London for the 2012 Summer Olympics on behalf of Cartan Tours, Inc., a travel company specializing in global sports marketing, corporate hospitality, and on-site management. Soto will be managing Cartan’s corporate sponsorships at its hospitality house in London during the Olympics, and Beritchevski will be managing Cartan’s Olympic tickets and travel package sales for the residents of the 40 countries represented by the company. Before joining Cartan, Beritchevski interned with the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Soto and Beritchevski will be in London for four weeks and are looking forward to the global sports experience.
These students are great examples of how the internship portion of the program can lead to amazing careers. To learn more about the Sport Management Master's program at CSULB, click here.