Christina Walker – Sport Management

Class of 2016

“I never knew I wanted to work in sports until I went to my first Gator Football game my freshman year. I started off majoring in Athletic Training in the College of Human Health and Performance. Within my first semester I volunteered at Shands Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute in the Physical Therapy Department. During the summer of 2013 I worked as an Intern with the University of Miami Sports Medicine Hospital in Miami, Florida. While there, I got to shadow Orthopedic Surgeons and Athletic Trainers. After completing this internship I realized that I didn’t want to work in Sports Medicine, but maybe another area of sports.

At the beginning of my sophomore year I decided to pursue a degree in Sports Management instead. I volunteered with the University Athletic Association’s Facilities and Operations Department, as a Gator Guest Services representative. Since having volunteered within the UAA before, more volunteer opportunities started to unfold. I volunteered in the UAA’s Administration Department, the Communications Department, and now currently volunteering with Gator Football. During my sophomore semester, I also volunteered with Gator Vision, where I got to edit highlights for the Gymnastics’ YouTube channel.

I’m also an Orange Bowl ambassador, and had the privilege of volunteering with Communications for the 2014 Orange Bowl Game. During the summer of 2014, I was a Will Muschamp Football Camp Intern. This semester I volunteer with Gator Football and I’m also apart of the ESPNU Campus Connection Program. With Gator Sports Management Organization (a club within the College of Human Health and Performance), I’ve been able to attend Sports Conferences all across the U.S. I’ve been able to meet numerous of individuals within the Sports Industry, and build a solid network to help me for when I apply to internships my senior year. Even though I’m just starting my junior year, I can truly say I’ve had so many opportunities within the Sports Industry thanks to the University of Florida, and the Sports Management Program.”