January 30, 2006

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(From left) Dick Maxwell chats with Emily Wudi, Kellie Yoskovich and Ginenne Lanese, three of the 45 BGSU students who will be working at the game.

BGSU students are Super Bowl-bound

The last time the Super Bowl was played in Detroit, most current BGSU undergraduates hadn’t been born.

In the next week, 45 of them will be working for the National Football League as it brings the title game to the Motor City for the first time since 1982.

Twenty-two of the students, from the Sport Management Program, will be “team leaders” at the NFL Experience, to be held Wednesday-Sunday (Feb. 1-5) at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. They will be paid $10 per hour to train and oversee volunteers working at the interactive sports festival, assist guests and ensure that the games and activities run smoothly and safely.

The other 23 BGSU students will be volunteers in the “Corporate Hospitality Village.” They will work either at the Fox Theatre, Comerica Park or Ford Field, which will host Super Bowl XL, matching the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks, on Feb. 5.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for our sport management students,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Cuneen, chair of the Sport Management, Recreation and Tourism (SMRT) Division of the School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies, in the College of Education and Human Development.

“They are having a rare chance to help manage the world’s largest annual event, and it really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” she added, crediting NFL executive, and 1970 BGSU graduate, Dick Maxwell with making it happen.

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