Community Sports Management, BS

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The BS program in community sports management focuses on preparing individuals with an interest in managing sport programs and activities for children, youth, adults and seniors in nonprofit, municipal and for-profit organizations. The program emphasizes the many roles community sport plays within the community including as a mechanism to improve overall quality of life, youth development, sport tourism and community development. Both program delivery and managerial functions are targeted. Specific areas of opportunity include work with youth sports, adaptive sports, sports tourism, sport events and adult recreational sports.

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Community Sports Management, BS

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Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


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Career Outlook

Numerous career opportunities exist within community sports. Sport programs for youth and adults are offered by city parks and recreation departments, nonprofit organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club or the YMCA and local nonprofit and for profit sport clubs. In addition, many communities have sport tourism organizations and sport programs offered through adaptive or therapeutic sports programs such as Special Olympics, Wounded Warriors Project, and Ability 360.

Possible positions for graduates of this major include sport supervisors, programmers, and managers in local park and recreation departments, not for profit organizations (e.g., YMCA, Boys & Girls Club) as well as community relations and programming positions with professional and local sport organizations.

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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