Concordia St. Paul News

January 9, 2018

Concordia Students Tackle Volunteer Opportunities

As the new year gains momentum, so does the hype surrounding pro football’s championship game – especially for Minnesotans. Minneapolis will host the NFL’s pinnacle event for the first time since 1992 when the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome took center stage. In 2018, it’s US Bank Stadium’s turn and Concordia University, St. Paul sports management students are seizing the unique opportunity to volunteer for festivities leading up to the big game.

CSP graduate student Liz Jarosz (’16) is in charge of coordinating the group of students appropriately named “Concordia Crew 52.” Concordia’s crew is made up of nine students and two staff members. Jarosz’s efforts include managing volunteers in addition to having helped the group through the extensive application process.

The process to become a volunteer was a comprehensive one. Volunteer hopefuls began the process back in August and September of 2017, completing initial interviews. Following that, volunteers that were accepted attended a mandatory orientation session in mid-November 2017 at the Xcel Energy Center with their peers. Afterward, they received their event assignments.

Most of CSP’s students will be working at the LIVE event to be held near Nicollet Mall. The LIVE event will be entirely outdoors and feature live bands and other festivities. The fun will take place throughout the ten days leading up to the game. Other volunteers will act as informational attendants throughout the skyway system in Minneapolis, which requires a vast knowledge of the city.

“I think the crew is most excited for the chance to be a part of one of the biggest sporting events in the nation, and certainly the biggest to ever come to Minnesota,” Jarosz said.

Dr. Lana Huberty, Kinesiology and Health Science Department Chair, explained that while volunteering is the chance of a lifetime, the impact reaches past the Super Bowl itself.

“Our students will be able to engage with professionals involved in all aspects of this major sports event offering behind-the-scenes, hands-on opportunities. We will then use their event knowledge in our course discussions and activities, as well as adding value to their resumes.” Said Huberty.

Jarosz agreed with Huberty’s assessment of the experience students will receive.

“I hope to gain a better understanding of the inner workings of an enormous professional sports event. Networking will be an added benefit.”

For more information on the big game and the events Minneapolis will be hosting, check out https://www.mnsuperbowl.com/