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OHIO Undergraduate Students at MLS Beach Soccer

Tuesday, August 22 2017 12:00am

On July 30, six Sports Management undergraduate students represented Ohio University at the MLS Beach Soccer event that was in preparation of the 2017 MLS All-Star game on August 2nd.

On July 30, six Sports Management undergraduate students represented Ohio University at the Major Leauge Soccer Beach Soccer event that was in preparation of the 2017 MLS All-Star game on August 2. Corey Poches, PMSA ’15, a member of an MLS’ partner CivistasNow and an Ohio University alumnus, provided the opportunity for Marco Rodriguez, Troy Lowe, Zach Martin, Tim Clark, Andrew Farber, and Gaza Odunaiya.

Marco Rodriguez, a rising junior studying Sport Management and Marketing, reflected on the experience and gave some advice for other undergraduate students looking to gain more experience through internships during their time in school.

Rodriguez and five other students were responsible for setting up, tearing down, assisting with awarding fans with prizes and dispersing merchandise from the event. They also assisted on the main pitch and half pitch to make sure that games ran smoothly by keeping score and making sure the teams were ready to play. 

“To me, the most rewarding part of the experience was being a part of such an amazing experience and opportunity, all while representing Ohio University and the great organization that we are in,” Rodriguez reflected on the experience that helped him and his team develop as young professionals in the field that they will soon be entering.

Rodriguez, whose career aspiration is to be on the marketing team for a big time professional soccer club somewhere in Europe, shared advice for other undergraduate students to “always be as professional as possible, always keep a positive attitude, and always believe in yourself and the fact that you are capable of great things.” Rodriguez also emphasize putting forth your best effort and having a relentless attitude of going above and beyond in this industry and to not be afraid to tackle any task that is asked of them.

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