UTM students head to the Super Bowl

Six lucky college students were on their way to Arizona Friday to help with the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl. They’re part of the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Sports Business Program. Assistant Professor of Sports Business Dexter Davis said this is a great experience for students to network and make themselves more marketable in the workforce. This will be his tenth year, but his second taking UTM Sports Business students to the Super Bowl.

He said kickoff never gets old.

“It sends chills up your body when you’re there and then kickoff happens and all the flash bulbs start going off and the roar of the crowd,” Davis said.

Davis said the students help manage player appearances and hospitality events with former players.

“If a guy needs a new sharpie, you’ve got to give him the sharpie. If he needs more pictures to sign, grab him the pictures,” Davis said.

Courtney Caton said she hopes this experience will help her find a job.

“I’m looking forward to seeing all the behind the scenes work that goes into putting on such a huge production,” Caton said.

Sophomore Dakota Shane said being able to work and network at the Super Bowl is a dream come true.

“On a scale as large as the Super Bowl, there’s no telling how many job opportunities will open up for me because of this,” Shane said.

The students will also be helping at the Super Bowl’s post game event where people who have paid an extra-fee get to go onto the field after the trophy has been handed out.

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