Community Sports Management, BS

The BS program in community sports management 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. The program has been designed to study 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 are targeted, with a focus 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.

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Community Sports Management, BS

Offered by
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


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Career Outlook

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 also include youth and adult sports and many clubs and organizations focus on youth sports. Sports tourism organizations are part of many communities. Many cities and nonprofit organizations offer sports events, youth sports tournaments (including international and multisport events) and adaptive or therapeutic sports programs produced by organizations such as Special Olympics, Wounded Warriors Project and Daring Adventures (known for its River Rampage program). Though the focus of this program is not on professional sports management, there are employment opportunities with organizations such as these in areas like event management and facility management.

Example Careers

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 12.9%$32,270
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 10.1%$39,210
Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers7.7%$21,290
Recreational Therapists6.5%$47,680

* 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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