Community Sports Management

The community sports management degree focuses on the many roles recreational and amateur sports play within a community as a mechanism to contribute to quality of life, domestically and abroad. Emphasis will be on the role of sports in youth development; the role of sports organizations and programs in community development; the impact of sports tourism and multisport events on community development; and the role of sports in delivery of nonprofit agency services. Both a program and a managerial emphasis will be targeted, with an emphasis on delivery of services across the lifespan. Some specific areas of opportunity include work with youth sports, adaptive sports, sports events, sports tourism and sports clubs.
Degree Awarded: 
Community Sports Management
School of Community Resources and Development
Additional Program Fee: 
Minimum math requirement: 
MAT 142 - College Mathematics
Second Language Requirement: 

Numerous opportunities are available in community sports. Community sports programs are part of many nonprofit organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the YMCA or YWCA. City parks and recreation programs include youth and adult sports, and clubs and organizations focused on youth sports are prevalent. Sports tourism organizations are part of many communities and sports events such as Special Olympics and youth sports tournaments, including international and multisport events, and offer opportunities for employment. Many cities and nonprofit organizations offer adaptive or therapeutic sports programs such as Wounded Warriors and River Rampage. Though the focus of this program is not on professional sports management, there are opportunities with these organizations, such as event management and facility management.

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Coaches and Scouts 24.8%$28,360
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 29.41%$31,720
Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers11.23%$18,950
Recreational Therapists14.6%$42,280

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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