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#OHIOFamily Competed at the 2017 U-M Bid Competition

Tuesday, September 19 2017 12:00am

#OHIOFamily traveled to Ann Arbor to compete at the University of Michigan, Sporting Event Bid Competition where they placed top three and was selected to present their proposal to a panel of judges



On Friday, September 8th, Katie Lytle and Nick Kopka (MSA ’18) along with two undergraduate Sports Management students, Allison Holtman and Pat Mulligan, traveled to Ann Arbor where they competed at the University of Michigan, Sporting Event Bid Competition. Assisted by Professor Christina Wright, our #OHIOFamily team was one of the top three finalists, from the 16 bids submitted in the spring, selected to present their proposal to a panel of judges. The event was the first of its kind where teams of students submit a proposal to host an event similar to the Olympics called the Global Games. Each team selected a host city and outlined the organizing committee, sporting events, venues, transportation, accommodations, and budget for the event.

Professor Christina Wright:

"First and foremost, congratulations to Team Minneapolis (and our friend Goldy) for a job well done! I am very honored and proud of our second place finish. The event bid and presentation was as professional as I have seen in the sports industry. Their work is a direct result of how our degree programs prepare our students for a sports business career and a nice addition to each of their professional portfolios. After months of meetings and conference calls, our road trip to Ann Arbor was a great way for me to get to know each student outside of the classroom. From gaining appreciation for corn and soybean farms to crossing my 90th Division I-Football Bowl Subdivision football stadium (out of 129) off my bucket list, it was an experience I’ll never forget. In the words of my colleagues, it was a great day to be a Bobcat."

The team also gave us a recap on their experience including some of the valuable skills they learned over the weekend.

Lessons learned from this project

Katie:

"This project gave me a glimpse into the complexities of planning a mega-event and taught me two important lessons. First, it's important to identify milestones and set deadlines for when they will be completed. The schedule my team made was key to us having the time we needed to develop each part of the bid and revise it as it evolved. Second, it's important to speak with industry professionals and organizations in the host city throughout the process to make sure the event has the necessary support and can be executed. In addition to these practical skills, this project also improved my critical thinking, writing, and presenting skills." 

Nick:

"This competition gave our team a realistic in-depth application on how potential host cities submit event bids for different sporting events across the world. It also allowed us to improve our ability to work together as a team and to improve our time management skills as well."

Allison:

"Overall, I would say that working on the Global Games bid was an amazing experience. I learned so much about what goes in to a bid for a mega event and was on a great team with a diverse skill set."

The best experience from the weekend

Katie:

"The best experience from the weekend was presenting our bid. After months of working on our bid, it was very rewarding to talk about our proposal to host the Global Games in Minneapolis."

Nick:

"I agree with Katie, the best experience was presenting our bid in front of industry professionals and taking ownership of such a large project that we have worked for so long on."

Allison:

"It was really exciting when we found out that we had been chosen as one of the top three out of 16 to move on to the final round; it meant we had more time to perfect our bid and get ready to present our ideas in front of a panel of judges. The whole bid presentation competition was really interesting. Not only did we get to present our bid first and try to win the judges over, but we also got to listen to the other two teams bids and all of the judges critiques."

Apart from the competition…

Katie:

"Besides the competition, we went to the Michigan vs. Cincinnati football game on Sunday. It was great to see a game in one of the best stadiums in college football."

Allison:

"The day after the competition we had the opportunity to watch the University of Michigan v. University of Cincinnati football game at the Big House. It was unlike any other college football game I had ever been too, the student section was massive, the fan support was intense and the amount of yellow was almost blinding."

Additional comments

Katie:

"I want to thank our faculty advisor Christina Wright for her support and guidance. She always made time to help my team with the bid and challenged us to do our best work."

Nick:

"I want to also thank our advisor Christina Wright for all of her guidance and support and our two undergraduate teammates Pat Mulligan and Allison Holtman for all of the work they put into this project. Allison and Pat were great teammates and we would not have had the success that we had if it was not for the effort that they gave to the whole team."

Video of the competition can be found here.