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Ohio University’s Master of Sports Administration Program partner in Women’s Sports Foundation’s 2015 Athlete Leadership Connection event

Friday, November 13 2015 12:00am

Four students and faculty Anne Brackley and Heather Lawrence-Benedict from Ohio University’s College of Business partnered with Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) at their first-ever Athlete Leadership Connection event Oct. 19 in New York City.

Four students and faculty Anne Brackley and Heather Lawrence-Benedict from Ohio University’s College of Business partnered with Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) at their first-ever Athlete Leadership Connection event Oct. 19 in New York City.

The partnership began in May, when students began working with WSF to develop a business pitch competition for the event. OHIO students researched and collected necessary background information for participating teams. During the competition, students facilitated and coached three teams tasked with developing and pitching a concept to real investors. Investors chose to fund the “Candid Conversations” project, which aims to train elite women athletes to engage with college athletes.

“Thank you for your generous commitment of time, expertise, and creativity over the last several weeks. Our first-ever Athlete Leadership Connection was a great success…Without you, not a minute of the ALC would have been possible,” Lindsay Hock, senior manager, Athlete Leadership Series, Women’s Sports Foundation, said in an email to Lawrence-Benedict.

The full-day Athlete Leadership Connection event aimed to inspire and develop Olympic-level women athletes and prepare them for their future. It included 44 speakers, mentors, and session leaders; nine breakout sessions; and two panels. Billie Jean King, sport legend and founder of WSF attended the event.

The sports administration program at Ohio University is revered as the oldest and top-ranked sports administration program in the world. The dual degree where students earn an MSA and MBA and the Professional MSA are both ranked No. 1 in the world by SportsBusiness International. TheBestSchools.org recently named the Professional Master of Sports Administration (PMSA) Program at Ohio University first in its list of “The Best Online Sport Management Master Degree Programs. 

Billie Jean King founded the Women’s Sports Foundation in 1974. The organization aims to advance the lives of women athletes.

See Ohio University featured in the WSF’s event highlight video.