Campus: CSU Long Beach -- June 17, 2005
Sport Management Student at Cal State Long Beach
Recieves 2005 NCAA Ethnic Minority Postgraduate Scholarship
Brezya Rhodes, a student in the Graduate Program in Sport Management
at Cal State Long Beach, has been selected as a recipient of a 2005
NCAA Ethnic Minority Postgraduate Scholarship.
Rhodes, a member of Learning Team 8, which began its 18-month program
in February, will receive $6,000 to cover the cost of the program.
“I am so blessed and delighted to be one of few recipients of
the 2005 NCAA Ethnic Minority Postgraduate Scholarships,” said
Rhodes, who played basketball at Cal State Northridge and is currently
the marketing and promotions coordinator for its athletic program. “The
NCAA needs to know that they have made a great investment in a student
who is looking forward to taking full advantage of the opportunities
the Cal State Long Beach Graduate Program in Sport Management has to
Rhodes, who graduated from CSUN with a degree in business administration/marketing
June 2004, had no interest in returning to school. A stint working in
community relations with the Los Angeles Sparks changed that. A number
of individuals in the Spark’s administration had taken the program
at CSULB and encouraged her to do so.
“They all talked so highly of it that it made me want to enter
the program,” she said.
“Brezya is a fine example of the motivated students we matriculate
in our program,” said Chris Tsangaris, managing director of the
program. “Our student body is comprised (of individuals) from
many diverse backgrounds, each with their own area of interest with
the spectrum of career opportunities that our industry provides.”
In the short period of time Rhodes has been in the program, she noted
that the possibilities she has been exposed to have been numerous.
“There are an endless number of career paths in athletics that
can be taken. With the knowledge I am currently obtaining, I have no
doubt that I will be armed with the necessary principals and practices
of managing sport, and I will be able to differentiate myself from the
competition,” she said. “I am truly grateful for this wonderful
opportunity and sincerely appreciate the NCAA’s support of my
graduate education here at CSULB."
The CSULB Graduate Program in Sport Management, an accelerated 18 month
program, is designed to prepare individuals for careers in sports /
athletics administration and management in a variety of settings, including
professional, amateur, fitness, college and scholastic organizations,
private businesses, community services as well as in academic institutions.
The goal of the NCAA Ethnic Minority Postgraduate Program scholarships
is to increase the pool of and opportunities for qualified ethnic minorities
in intercollegiate athletics. Recipients are ethnic minorities who have
completed an undergraduate degree and have been accepted or are seeking
admission to an NCAA member institution's sports administration or a
related program and intend to pursue a career in athletics.
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