Employer: Grand Rapids Storm Basketball
Job Title: Tournament Planner/Operations
Major: Sport Management
Received Credit: Yes
Description of the Organization
The Grand Rapids Storm is an AAU Basketball program that goes from grades 4-11. They are the most successful basketball program in west Michigan and one of the most successful in the entire state of Michigan.
Description of the Tasks/Projects Completed
I helped plan two of the biggest AAU basketball tournaments in west Michigan (Storm Classic and Brawl for the Ball. The Storm hosted both of them. I helped plan and run each of the tournaments. I also helped with clinics, practices, and camps ran by the Storm. I even handled equipment duties such as shoes, jerseys, shorts, etc.
Skills/Knowledge Gained Through The Experience
I learned how to start and plan for a tournament. I know how to attract the teams, put them in pools, and put the brackets together. I learned how to incorporate the NCAA to make the tournament NCAA sanctioned. I also learned how to draft business emails with directions that are to be followed.
Favorite Part of the Experience
My favorite part of this experience was networking. I have met so many people that can help me with my career. I even made a lot of new friends and made friendships stronger with the people of the Storm organization.
How the Experience Influenced Future Career Goals
This experience made me see the possibility of starting an AAU team and/or running successful tournaments. It would take years of hard work but it is all worth it in the end. It is something that really interests me. I'm not sure if this is exactly what I want to do but it is definitely a possibility.