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Professional Development with the Broncos

Wednesday, January 3 2018 12:00am

Kyle Robbins (MSA '18) gives us an inside look into how she spent part of her winter break with her executive mentor Allie Pisching (MSA '12) at the Denver Broncos' Boys and Girls Club Holiday party.

By Kyle Robbins (MSA ’18)

The Denver Broncos hosted their second annual Boys and Girls Club Holiday party on Monday, December 18, and I had the opportunity to be a part of the amazing experience. All 15 branches of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver were invited, including the Broncos very own sponsored Boys and Girls Club branch. The event gave 150 kids the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable night at the Pat Bowlen Fieldhouse located at the Denver Broncos UC Health Training Facility. Throughout the night, the kids had tons of fun throwing footballs, singing karaoke, decorating cookies, face painting, taking photos, enjoying pizza and more. More than a dozen players came out to help put smiles on the kids’ faces as they shared every experience alongside them. There was even a special appearance from Demaryius Thomas, wide receiver for the Broncos, who dressed up as Santa Claus.

My mentor Allie Pisching (MSA ’12) is the executive director of community development for the Denver Broncos. She not only oversees amazing events like this, but she mentors me in every capacity. Since I was going home to Boulder, CO for the holidays, Allie invited me to help out with this event. As a volunteer, I helped ensure registration of all the clubs and assisted in running activity stations. It truly was a great experience from start to finish. Community relations is a field I desire to enter upon spring graduation, so being able to see a every aspect of this event come together at the professional level was incredible. Not only was I able to assist with a successful event but I was able to see first-hand the impact it had on more than 150 children. It was something I’ll never forget.

Some of the skills that I was able to gain from an event like this was the ability to learn all the preparation and coordination that goes into the event months before it's put on. Allie was great about showing me exactly what is needed and all the background work required. Organization and volunteers were other major aspects of creating this successful event. The system they had in place worked great and was definitely something I plan to use in my future.

If you're a current student looking to gain professional experience, remember that the OHIO Family is always a great resource. Allie and I have a great relationship and I'm never afraid to ask what's going on in her world and if there's ever a way I can help. Always continue to reach out to people, get to know people, and find those opportunities that will allow you to get hands-on experience in all capacities.

Overall, it was truly a great learning experience and an opportunity to help make a difference in many kids' lives this holiday season. Thank you to the OHIO Family for always helping create opportunities like this and a very special thanks to Allie Pisching for all she does for me as a mentor and having me out to help her and her staff! Happy Holidays!

About the MSA Executive Mentorship Program:

The Master of Sports Administration program is often referred to as the #OHIOFamily because of the tight-knit community formed between current students and graduates of the program. Alumni give back to the program in many ways, including the Executive Mentorship Program. As executive mentors, alumni are paired up with a current student in the program who aspires to pursue a similar career path and/or shares the same ambitions. The current group of executive mentors is comprised of successful professionals in various segments of the industry from all over the United States as well as Toronto and Paris.

Every year we invite the mentors back for an Executive Mentor Weekend consisting of workshops, social events, and keynote speakers to reconnect with students and faculty as well as show appreciation to the mentors’ dedication and support for the program.