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Columbia University’s Sports Management Graduate Program Joins Forces with Team USA and the LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Columbia University’s Sports Management Graduate Program today announced a new joint program with Team USA and LA28 to develop, plan and help execute a variety of special initiatives in the run up to the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles. The new collaboration, to include two internships per year for Columbia students, will begin in the spring of 2022 and last throughout the next six years, making it the most comprehensive engagement for the program in its 14-year history.

“We are elated to expand even deeper into the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement with this comprehensive, new arrangement with the upcoming LA28 Games and Team USA,” said Scott Rosner, Academic Director of the Sports Management Program and Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University. “This long-term program will give our students, faculty and staff the ability to learn and engage directly with LA28’s leadership team on a host of projects as the 2028 Games come into shape, which is a rare, sustained opportunity to take part in such a historic event taking place in the United States.”

“Kudos to Scott and his team for devising such a high-quality program for Columbia students and faculty. We look forward to advancing it in substantive and impactful ways in the coming years,” added Maureen Harper, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at LA28. “We aim to provide world-class, real life learning opportunities for students as they prepare to join the sports industry and are delighted to work with Columbia to bring this to life.”

This partnership is the latest in a series of ongoing global projects that the Columbia Sports Management Program has created with some of the world’s leading sports organizations. Others include programs with FC Bayern Munich, the NFL, A-B InBev, La Liga North America, Real Madrid and NYCFC, as well as additional short-term projects that are part of the curriculum in various programs each semester.

Recognized as one of the top five global programs, Columbia University’s master’s degree program in Sports Management, available part-time and full-time, trains professionals in all sectors of the sports industry by teaching specific management skills in the areas of finance, business intelligence, analytics, social justice, digital media, entrepreneurship, leadership, law, marketing, sales, communications and facility management. This combination of broad-based and specific skill training is a hallmark of the program and is evident in both the content and sequencing of courses. www.sps.columbia.edu/sports

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Jerry Milani is a writer and public relations executive living in Bloomfield, N.J. He has worked in P.R. for more than 30 years in college and conference sports media relations, two agencies and for the International Fight League, a team-based mixed martial arts league, and as a freelance professional. His PR clients have included Wizard World and FAN EXPO, which produce pop culture and celebrity conventions across North America, USA Wrestling, the National Lacrosse League, Strat-O-Matic Media, the Pacific Life Open and Pilot Pen Tennis tournaments and dozens of others. Milani is also the director of athletic communications for Caldwell University. He is a proud graduate of North Rockland High School and Fordham University and when not attending a Yankees, Rams or Cougars game can be reached at Jerry (at) JerryMilani (dot) com.

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