Sports Administration students from Belhaven University recently had a chance to see the inner workings of major sports – in London!
Students met with and learned from professional sports leaders across the host city of the last Summer Olympics. They visited Wimbledon, Wembley Stadium, Kingston and Cambridge Universities as well as the offices of NFL Europe and the British Olympic Training Center.
“The success of the London Trip provided a great experience for our faculty and students in our department to see the world of sports abroad”, said Dr. Howard Bartee Jr., Chair/Assistant Professor of the Sports Administration Department. “It is my hope that this experience will set the foundation for future opportunities, as we continue seeking to expand our reach of servant leadership through the academic discipline of sports administration, both locally, nationally, regionally, and internationally.”
Belhaven senior Jonathan Dickson, a member of the Blazers’ men’s soccer team, called the trip the highlight of his time at Belhaven.
“Being a Sports Medicine and Exercise Science major, my goals were to gain an international vantage point in regards to health and wellness,” Dickson said. “We were truly immersed in a culture that upholds a standard of excellence and tradition as well as a culture that celebrates the batty of living a healthy and active lifestyle.”
The trip was the first of its kind through the International Site Observation course taught by Dr. Ed Garrett, Assistant Professor of Sports Administration.
“It is because of Belhaven’s support for this trip that these student’s now have a greater understanding of a Christian Worldview because of their time in London,” said Garrett.
The course is expected to run every other year, allowing every sports administration student the opportunity to take the International Site Observation course before they graduate.