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Breaking the Ice: STHM at the Flyers Sales Competition

By: Hannah Eadie
First Published: December 8, 2018
Topics: Sport, STHM School, Student Stories

Students from Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management headed to the Wells Fargo Center for the Philadelphia Flyers Sales Competition last month. Of the 12 students that attended, six of the students were STHM students. Other Pennsylvania universities attended as well, such as Bloomsburg University and St. Joseph’s University.

Students first learned about this opportunity when James Darlington, Senior Manager of Strategic Development at the Philadelphia Flyers, came to speak to the STHM Capstone course about the program.

The students began their day with the Flyers management at an early breakfast, giving them an opportunity to network. Afterward, they spent the majority of the day preparing for the competition itself. practicing calls and pitches, the students sat side by side with the Flyers management to get real hands-on sales training. Once their training was complete, the students had 8 minutes to make a real call and sell tickets. This was their final test, which resulted in feedback, takeaways and prizes for the participants.

The students ended their day with a ticket to the Flyers game against the New York Islanders. This allowed them to network with staff while enjoying the experience they were selling earlier that day.

Andrew Dorais, senior majoring in sport and recreation management student, stated that his favorite part was that the experience was something that couldn’t be taught in a classroom.

“It was an unforgettable learning experience, something I couldn’t learn in the classroom,” Andrew stated. “I feel almost as if I have this inside knowledge  about the sport industry that other undergrad don’t have.”

As for Liam Baron, who is currently looking to intern with the Flyers, he stated that this experience is a huge asset to his resume.

“When looking for jobs or internships, they often want actual sales experience,” explained Liam. “This event gave me practical experience that will allow me to compete against my peers for highly competitive positions.”

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