Kira Fad – Sport Management
Class of 2015
The Sport Management program at the University of Florida provided me with a variety of opportunities to get involved at one of the best athletic departments in the country. Combined with my education, these experiences helped to shape me into the person I am today.
As a freshman, I rowed on the crew team and got to experience the thrill of competition and the camaraderie of a team. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, physically and mentally, but it really reinforced my passion and commitment to being a member of a team. I felt that I needed to get more involved during my sophomore year so I started volunteering with the UAA’s communications department for men’s basketball games. I was a scribe for back-up stats and helped to transcribe post-game quotes from players and coaches. It was a demanding, high-paced environment but I loved every minute of it. The next year I volunteered with Gator Guest Services and started working as an operations associate at the gym for UF RecSports. And finally, during the first semester of my senior year, I continued working at RecSports while also completing my field experience hours at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
Currently, I am interning with the Tampa Bay Lightning for their Community Relations and Lightning Foundation department. It has been a spectacular experience so far. In addition to coordinating in-kind donations to various charities throughout the area, I was able to assist in the planning and execution of the inaugural Bolts Family Carnival. It was a great event that provided a chance for families to meet their favorite Lightning players while also raising money for the Lightning Foundation to give back to the community.
I will be receiving a B.S. in Sport Management, with a double minor in mass communication and business administration in May 2015. After graduation, I hope to continue working in community relations, helping to transform another organization into an impactful team in their community, similar to the way the Lightning have developed in the Tampa Bay region. However, I could not have made it this far without the valuable experience I gained from HHP’s sport management program. I cannot thank my TRSM professors and advisor enough for all that they have done to help ensure my success.