17 May 2011

Webinar Opportunity for Careers in Sport

You might wish to register and listen in on this webinar.


Whether your students are starting their journey as freshman, continuing their growth as sophomores and juniors, or getting ready to begin their professional careers, as seniors, the Pro Edge Sports Academy is here to offer them guidance, tips, and industry wisdom on how to make it in the sports world!
Pro Edge Sports Academy is pleased to offer your students exclusive access to our “Breaking Into Sports” Webinar at no charge. This webinar will offer a critical peek into a wealth of industry wisdom and knowledge that will provide your students with guidance in transitioning from the world of academia into a professional sports management career. By learning about various strategies and paths that one can take along the way, your students will gain insight in overcoming obstacles achieving long lasting success. We invite and encourage all Sports Management students to attend the “Breaking Into Sports” Webinar 
Over the past four years, Pro Edge Sports Academy has had the opportunity to mentor hundreds of college students and assist them into breaking into and securing a job in the sports industry.
Join us as we continue to lead students to success in rewarding sports  careers!

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About the Presenter:
Jared Lane founded Pro Edge Sports in 2001, which continues to experience great success and growth as it reaches its first ten years. Jared acquired a B.S. in Business Management from Alabama State University as well as a Master in Sport Leadership degree from Duquesne University. Currently pursuing a Master’s in Teaching at Belmont University, Jared’s accolades are many, including being honored as a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society for his excellence in Sports Leadership.

Throughout his career as a sports agent Jared has negotiated over 400 contracts and developed relationships with a multitude of sports professionals in all of the major professional sports leagues.  Jared has represented over 20 former NFL Players.  In addition, Jared has served as a mentor to hundreds of college sports management students over the past five years, while managing the Pro Edge Sports Internship Program.

Jared has served as the Director of Player Personnel for numerous professional indoor sports teams.  His ability to effectively evaluate talent helped him land his first NFL client at the early age of 21.  Jared wears many hats in addition to being the founder of Pro Edge Sports, as he is also responsible for managing daily operations, developing course curriculum, contract negotiations, marketing, endorsements, player evaluation, social media marketing, and managing the PES Academy. With over ten years of successful industry experience, Jared is committed to giving back and helping other young professional begin their careers in the sports management industry.

Please let me know if you have any questions, thanks.

Jared Lane
Pro Edge Sports
(888) 834-2322

16 May 2011

Tidbits from the Sport Management Academy Newsletter

This interview was in my email this morning as part of a digital newsletter. It highlights some of the important aspects of your personal skill set you might want to examine, to highlight, or to improve as you move through your career. MEP
Sport Management Academy
A Newsletter for Sport Management Educators
 May 2011   Volume 1, Number 2 

An award-winning athlete, author, journalist, speech writer and speaker, Mariah Burton Nelson has played a leading role in redefining what it means to be a success in the sports industry. She currently serves as Executive Director of the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation.

Q. What do you feel is your greatest achievement?

A. Populating the world with more female athletes. When I ride my bike (in the Washington DC area), and see trails full of female cyclists, runners, walkers, and in-line skaters of all ages, I feel gratified that I have played a small role in creating those opportunities. I reflect on how far we've come from my childhood. My mother was a swimmer (and still is, at 87,) but she and her friends never ran or rode bikes or played team sports. When I was growing up, people expected "tomboys" to "grow up and be ladies." Now girls and women take for granted their right to move, and they understand the relationship between exercise, health, and happiness. Many women have told me, "You inspired me to be an athlete." That was not my initial intent -- I just wanted to write books and give speeches about women's sports experiences -- but what a satisfying result!

Q. What qualities do you think are key to professional success?

A. Discipline. We do so many things because we're in the habit of doing them. And those habits -- the good ones -- are what lead to success. I swim or lift weights or ride my bike or do yoga every day because I made a decision many years ago to be an athlete, and that's what athletes do. I don't need to re-decide every day. That's the good news: Discipline itself becomes a habit. You become the kind of person who does the right things, over and over again.

The same is true for discipline at work. After a while, you dispense with the inner dialogue about whether or not to work, or work harder. You write the proposal, then polish it until it shines, because you made a deal with yourself a long time ago. You might not even remember why or when you made that deal, any more than you recall your original tooth-brushing agreement.

Another word for discipline is practice. This is more good news: When you do something repeatedly, you get better at it. You feel increasingly competent, and confident, which leads you to try even harder.

I just submitted a proposal, and the recipient told me that in the 25 years he's been writing and reviewing proposals, he's never seen a better one. I was happy, but I wasn't really surprised. I'm sure that much of my own professional success is largely due to the fact that I work harder, and have higher standards, than most people. I think this is rooted in self-discipline. I learned it in sports, and continue to benefit from the daily discipline of sports, but discipline begins with commitment. Anyone, even someone without athletic training, can start there.

Q. What role do you feel mentors play in achieving career goals?

A. I'm reading a new biography of Babe Didrikson called Wonder Girl (coming out in June 2011). She died the year I was born, but I read her autobiography as a young girl, and she inspired me by being so incredibly disciplined, hard-working, passionate, competitive, and successful. I also looked up to my mother, an exuberant swimmer and physician who was openly, playfully competitive. They were my two role models: Babe and Mom.

But I did not have any mentors per se because so few women were playing sports when I was growing up (I was born in 1956), and so few people were writing about women and sports when I started doing that, in 1980. Basically, I invented my career (as a sportswriter focused on women and gender issues.) I admired Frank Deford and George Leonard and other male sportswriters, but I didn't know them personally, and often wished that I had a mentor I could turn to for advice. Perhaps I would have made fewer mistakes. Given a chance, someone certainly would have taught me something about respectful silence and tact. Sometimes I've been too outspoken for my own good.

So I can't really comment on mentors from personal experience, but I've heard good things about them, and try to be what I think of as "the kind of person who's worth looking up to, in case anyone's looking."

Q. If you could give one piece of advice to today's sport managers what would it be?

A. Actively seek diversity. Birds of a feather flock together, so we must consciously transcend our natural tendency to hire and promote people who look and sound and think as we do. My current staff of nine includes people of Indian, Korean, African, European, and Iranian descent, someone who is legally blind, and someone who is gay. (That's me.) Do we talk about those differences? Rarely. We're too busy talking about how to promote physical activity, and how to best serve our members. But does our diversity make us stronger as a team? Surely. To achieve this sort of diversity, one must recruit widely, and make a commitment to putting aside personal prejudices in order to get to know people as people. The rewards - personal and professional - can be great.

Follow Mariah at Beyond Workouts: Think of Yourself as an Athlete.