North Central College - Naperville, IL

Sport management major interns with Chicago Blackhawks

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Sport management major Derek Sanderson is spending his summer working as an intern with the Chicago Blackhawks' marketing department.

Sanderson, of St. Louis, Mo., is entering his junior year. He was profiled Friday in the Blackhawks Daily, the team's front office newsletter. In the profile he answered questions about why he chose to attend North Central, what books he likes to read and where he'd like to retire.

When asked if he could have dinner with any one person in the world, who would it be, he said he'd like to have dinner with Willie O’Ree, the first black player to play in the NHL.

Sanderson played on the offensive line with the Cardinals' junior varsity football team during his freshman and sophomore years at North Central.

Sanderson secured his internship with the Blackhawks through INROADS, an organization that helps prepare minority students for corporate and community leadership. INROADS honorees comply with training expectations, consistently meet for monthly coaching sessions with their mentors and have excellent work performance at their internships. INROADS’ mission is to develop and place talented minority youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership. Visit to learn more.