Sport Management Students Represent at the Case Cup

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: February 08, 2015

Master's students in our sport management program are participating in the 2015 National Sports Forum Case Cup Competition from February 8 - 10.  Ciara Travis recounts her first impressions upon their arrivial in Cincinnati. Check back for more updates as we showcase how our students Transform Sport



The first day of the National Sports Forum Case Cup was a success. Today was a very long day for me, especially, because I am running off of three hours of sleep! Upon arrival in Cincinnati, we were swept away quickly and taken to our hotel. We arrived at the Hyatt at about 2:45 p.m., and the Case Cup Welcome Reception was scheduled for 4 p.m.  Luckily, everyone was dressed and ready to go by 3:30 p.m. We were the first school to arrive to the welcome reception (GO TAMU!!) and were able to mingle with the Case Cup staff.

All of the students from the eight other universities were very nice, welcoming and we all got to know each other a little before the reception began. Ron Seaver kicked off the introductions and asked all of the team leaders to introduce their school. Eustace did a fine job with introductions along with the other leaders. The next item on the agenda was being put into our different flights. After the Case Cup competition is over I will discuss this in further detail.

After the welcome reception we all loaded up on the bus with no idea of our destination. The only thing we knew was to grab our coats because we would be outside. We were encouraged to sit with someone on the bus who was not from our university. I sat next to a second year OhioUniversity student. This was good because we are both interested in sponsorships so we had great conversation. About 30 minutes passed and we are still on the bus! Everyone begins talking about what we think will be our destination and we GPS our location and learn we are in Kentucky! After about 45 minutes or so on the bus we arrive at our destination, Kentucky Speedway.

This was a new experience for me because I have never been to a racetrack. The track was awesome, despite the cold weather. We went into one of the suites and what makes Kentucky Speedway so different from other racetracks is the fact that you can see the entire track from the suites. The racetrack has also earned the name as one of the toughest and roughest tracks around, and the people who work there are proud of it! We had dinner and listened to a little more information about the track. Everyone asked great questions and we all were racking our brains trying to figure out what the case could possibly be. Luckily we will find out soon!