Monday, August 31, 2009

Meet the Class 2011 - Natalie

One of the unique attributes of the DeVos Sport Business Management Program is the network of students who make up our program. Our class will take every course together during our tenure here at UCF and we will work on countless group projects and collaborative efforts. As a result of our shared interests in the business of sport, a natural team camaraderie is formed. However, our team is composed of people from diverse backgrounds, experiences and ambitions. We offer profiles of class members to give you an idea as to the type of people who make up our program, individuals who collectively will be leaders in sport and society and will be teammates for life.

Name: Natalie Welch

Hometown: Cherokee Indian Reservation, North Carolina

Undergraduate School & Major: The University of Tennessee, Bachelor's in Sport Management, minor in business

Past Sports Industry Experiences: Mainly fitness related, I've worked in 2 different fitness centers doing a little bit of everything. I also interned at the UT Thornton Athletics Student Life Center, working with student athletes progress towards degrees.

Current G.A. or Sports Industry Related Internship/Job: Graduate Assistant - The Institute for Diversity & Ethics in Sport

Future Career Ambitions (1 to 2 sentences): There are so many things I want to do in my career. I would love to work with a team or organization on fitness-related community outreach. I would also like to eventually open up my own fitness and sport related business. Another goal I have is obtain my doctorate degree so I can one day teach at the collegiate level and then establish a sport management program.

Reasons for Choosing the DeVos Program: So many reasons! The dual degree is an obvious reason. What really makes DeVos special is the focus on ethics, diversity, and simply making an impact on the sports world.

If you could play a round of golf with any three sports figures (dead or alive, on the field or off) who would you choose and why? I would have to choose Jim Thorpe because he was one of the greatest Native American athletes of all time and I would love to get his perspective from the good old days; Have to do Michael Jordan, the greatest!; Kathrine Switzer because she was the woman who challenged the all-male tradition of the Boston Marathon and became the first woman to officially run it.

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