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An Incredible Experience

Sophie Cunningham Classic offers sport management students a look at organizing a high-profile event

In early December, high school girls basketball teams from three states took part in the inaugural Sophie Cunningham Classic, a three-day shootout in Columbia created by women athletes for young female athletes. The Classic allowed those athletes to take center stage and allowed Cunningham to give back to the community where she dominated opponents on the court as a high…

Senior Spotlight: Marlon Guzman

Guzman will graduate with a degree in parks, recreation and sport

Marlon Guzman hasn’t had the typical finish to his collegiate career. Guzman has spent his final semester at the University of Missouri on a different continent, participating in an internship with Wilderness Patagonia, a travel company located in Bariloche, Argentina. The internship has given Guzman an opportunity to combine his interests in natural resources, sustainability and tourism. And while the…

An Athletic Connection

Jalani Williams' internship with Special Olympics Missouri allows him to connect with athletes, showcase exciting events

The 2022 Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games brought more than 1,000 athletes, coaches and volunteers to the University of Missouri campus in late May for three days of competition and fun. The opening night of the games, which included a parade of athletes, also coincided with Jalani Williams’ first day as an intern with Special Olympics Missouri. Williams received…

Pursuing His Passions

A job with The Basketball Tournament allows Luke Rubin to explore his passion for sports

A self-proclaimed “sports geek,” Luke Rubin grew up dreaming of one day spending his Saturdays as a television analyst breaking down college football games. That passion took him 1,300 miles from his hometown in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to the University of Missouri campus, as Rubin was interested in pursuing a journalism degree. “In high school, my primary goal was to…

Senior Spotlight: Danielle King

King will graduate with degrees in parks, recreation and sport, and journalism

Since the eighth grade, Danielle King has known exactly what she wanted to study when the time came for her to further her education at the collegiate level – sports journalism. And by the time King was a junior in high school, she knew exactly where she wanted to pursue that passion – the University of Missouri. King, who is…

‘A Perfect Weekend’

Two CAFNR graduate students helped Mizzou capture men's and women's disc golf national championships

The University of Missouri men’s and women’s disc golf teams carried undefeated seasons into 2022 College Disc Golf National Championship competition, and both teams would end their seasons the same way – as national champions. The women’s team led the tournament field from start to finish, winning by four strokes. The men’s team overcame a slow start with a strong…

A Perfect Fit

Logan Brinkley's internship with the UFC led to a full-time job offer

Every student in the parks, recreation and sport degree program is required to complete an internship, which allows them to apply the academic knowledge they have gained in a professional setting. For Logan Brinkley, that internship led to a full-time job offer. Brinkley spent his final semester at University of Missouri in Las Vegas as a global partnerships intern with…

For the Love of the Game

Amelia Wilson spent her first semester at MU as a student assistant with the Mizzou football team

My Why: For the love of the game and for the next generation of women in football Amelia Wilson wrote those words on a notecard last semester, her first at the University of Missouri. They represent Wilson’s passions – not only for football but for showcasing to young girls that they have a place in the game she loves. Wilson…

Senior Spotlight: Ally Akyol

Akyol will graduate with a degree in parks, recreation and sport

Ally Akyol made the most out of her time at the University of Missouri. A Columbia, Mo., native, Akyol took part in hands-on learning experiences, a study abroad program and experiential learning opportunities. Her time in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) also prepared for her future career – a career that she has already begun.…

Q&A With Caitlyn Allen

Allen is a senior in parks, recreation and sport

Why did you decide to come to the University of Missouri and major in parks, recreation and sport? What do you enjoy about the program itself? The field of study? My decision to come to Mizzou was originally because of the journalism school. However, shortly into my freshman year I decided to look into CAFNR’s sport management program to supplement…