Learning By Doing!


Students in SPMT 431 Applied Sports Media and Broadcasting course broadcasted all the 2024 Section X girls' and boys' basketball championships live on the NFHS Network.

Students interview a Section X girls basketball coach.

SPMT 431 class broadcast team at the Section X championships.

Ski Jump World Cup

Students worked at the 2024 Ski Jump World Cup in Lake Placid, checking credentials for the VIP areas, stewardship, assisting in egress, and scanning tickets.

Students at the 2024 Ski Jump World Cup in Lake Placid.

Sports Management Students Run the USCAA Women's Volleyball National Championship

In the fall of 2012 and 2013, Sports Management Students were called upon to help conduct the USCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship event hosted by SUNY Canton and once again earned great praise from USCAA officials and participating coaches and College officials.

Students update the bracket Event staff sell merchandise
Students greet spectators at the door. Students present the Championship Banner

In addition to running the three day event, many of the same students were busy filming clips and interviewing players and coaches for feature story presentations and conducting press conferences after tournament matches for Sports Media and Broadcasting class and Sports Public Relations class.

Students interview players for a class project. Students film players from Berea College.


Students Ryan Lamica, Kyle Clark, Andrew Gearsbeck and Evan Drew along with camera person Meg Gibson record a pre-game show prior to the SUNY Canton men’s basketball game vs Clarkson University.

Students record a pre-game show prior to a men's basketball game.

Sports Event Management Class Makes Big Impression with USCAA Officials

After making a great impression with USCAA officials at the first USCAA National Volleyball Tournament hosted by SUNY Canton, sports management students were asked by the USCAA to work at the their combined Men’s and Women’s National Basketball Championships held in Pennsylvania.  Five students made the trip and again earned great praise from USCAA Officials "What a week! We had an incredible tournament, with so much going right. I must say the young men who were present did an outstanding job. We had several compliments from people at Penn State Fayette and from our Executive Director on the job that they did. The most impressive part was the limited supervision they needed—when they were asked to do a job, they didn’t need to be asked again, and on several occasions, didn’t need to be asked at all.

"I commend them for the outstanding job they did, and we certainly hope they enjoyed their time working with us. It is a major stress reliever when you have people working with you who are more than capable and don’t need to be micromanaged. They were respectful, professional, and proactive. We couldn’t have asked for better help, and I will be pushing for a continued partnership with your program,”

Ryan Ehrie, Director of Championships
United States Collegiate Athletic Association
Spring 2013

USCAA staff pose with SUNY Canton students

Play by Play!

Students in Matt Metcalf’s Applied Sports Media and Broadcasting class practice their announcing, play by play and interviewing skills all recorded to video during the Section X High School Girls Basketball playoff games held at SUNY Canton.

A class films a pre-game show for RSN. Two students conduct a pre-game intro
Students broadcast a game for RSN. A student interviews a team during halftime.

Senior Students Plan, Conduct Community Golf Tournament

Students pose in front of Tournament banner.

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Students work the registration table. Students run the Waiver table.
Students assist with visitors. Golfer get ready to tee-off.

Students in Applied Sports Event Management ready for registration at the 2015 Sports Management Tee-Off Classic.  Held end of April, the golf tournament is open to the public and organized and conducted by the students (left to right: Brian Guyadeen, Jess Rhodes, Craig Myers, Ray Irish, Alex Rude, Brandon Solon)

Marcus Smith welcomes the golfers. Michael Bay presents the Renzi Brothers team with their sponsorship flag

Left, Marcus Smith welcomes the 64 golfers! Right, Michael Bay presents members of the Renzi Brothers Team with their hole sponsor flag. Renzi Brothers from Watertown, NY has been the tournament’s corporate sponsor each year.

Kan U Kan Jam? Sports Management Students Conduct Kan Jam Tournament for SUNY Canton Students

Students assist with registration Competitors line up
Students demonstrate the game The class poses for a photo with Kan Jam gear.

SPMT Students Help with Special Olympics

A student sits with a Special Olympian. A student high-fives a Special Olympian.

Steve McCorduck cheered on athletes at the 2015 Summer Special Olympic games. Sports Management students organize and conduct the opening ceremony for the event and the medal ceremonies throughout the day.

SPMT Students Takeover Long Standing Run Event

After 16 years of successfully conducting the popular and emotional Nicole Fleury Memorial Run/Walk, Dr. Para, Professor and Program Director for the Sports Management program turned over operation of the long time event to her students. This fall, Sport Management students were in charge of all operational components for the event and guided the event to another successful outcome.

Professor Diane Para discusses operations with the class.

Student run directors, Kenneth Johnson, Stephanie Kushnir, & Laura Defrenza meet Richard Wright, co-owner of Pepsi Cola Ogdensburg Bottlers a major sponsor for the event.

Students run the registration table. Students work the Runner Registration table. Students hand out t-shirts to the runners.

Khalil Bratton, Steve McCorduck, Isaac Beckstead, Andre Williams, Erica Russo, James Kane and Brandon Weise handle registration duties.

James Kane welcomes the runners and walkers. Chris Scott posts results.

James Kane welcomes the runners and walkers and gives final instructions before the start. Chris Scott posts results as participants finish.

Participants cross the finish line.