North Central College - Naperville, IL

Sport Management

Why choose sport management at North Central College?

Most observers don’t realize that a career in athletic administration can require an extremely broad knowledge base. Our sport management major will provide you with both the broad-based curriculum and the practical experience you’ll need to succeed. In fact, that combination is what sets North Central sport management graduates apart from the competition.

You can also:

  • Learn from faculty and coaches with firsthand experience in athletic administration.
  • Listen to experts in the field talk about everything from sport entrepreneurship in a traditional retail store, to starting a business with no brick and mortar storefront in the digital age, to running the best youth sports club in the country, to hearing about risk management and managing liability, to learning about changes in the NCAA from D1 conference representatives, to sports agents, to running a personal training or health club.
  • Intern, job shadow, and gain professional experiences in a variety of settings, including professional sporting events like the Super Bowl, NCAA-sponsored collegiate and conference championships, and IHSA state championships; hospitality and fan services with the Chicago Bears, sales with Chicago Fire or Kane County Cougars, sport and event management with Game Day USA or US Specialty Sport Association, tourism and marketing with Premier Sport Tourism; golf courses & country clubs like Cress Creek or Cog Hill, sports and training facilities like the Bulls-Sox Academy, health & fitness clubs like Title Boxing Club; or working with many college and high school athletic events, IMs and administration.


Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, receives Routledge prize, gives talks, authors and coedits books and chapter.
North Central College recognizes high-achieving students for academic and co-curricular excellence throughout their college careers on Honors Day.
North Central gains momentum in growth, reputation, value.



  • Chicago Bears
  • Chicago Bulls/White Sox Training Academy
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • St. Louis Rams
  • Portland Trailblazers
  • Normal CornBelters professional baseball
  • Chicago Steel indoor professional football
  • Chicago Bandits professional softball
  • Sydney Kings Australian professional basketball
  • Sport Management Worldwide
  • Niblock Enterprises-Irish triathlon business
  • Wheatland’s Athletic Association
  • Neuqua Valley High School
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown
  • Super Bowl host committee
  • NCAA DIII Indoor Track & Field National Championships

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in sport management have been accepted at:

  • Campbellsville University
  • University of Iowa
  • North Central College
  • Illinois State University


Recent graduates in sport management include:

  • Box office coordinator, Chicago Red Stars women’s professional soccer
  • Head cross country coach, Campbellsville University
  • Marketing coordinator, Chicago Fire men's professional soccer
  • Assistant manager, Title Boxing Club
  • Sports Marketing Manager, Premier Tourism Marketing
Sport Management major

Lacey chose to major in sport management for an important reason: She knew she would truly enjoy it.

During her time at North Central, Lacey strove to get the most out of her major. On campus, she was involved in the Sport Management Association and was a member of the leadership honor society. Off campus, Lacey’s sport management experience soared.

She completed an internship at the Bulls/Sox Academy in nearby Lisle, IL, and volunteered for the Naperville Marathon. Lacey also had a unique opportunity to gain experience at Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, AZ, with other North Central sport management students.

Currently, Lacey works for the Premier Services department of the Chicago Cubs and...

Sport Management

For a lifelong football fan, pursuing a career in the NFL is a dream come true.

“It’s always been my dream to work in the sports industry,” says Alex. “North Central has given me the networking and résumé-building opportunities I need to work with professional sports teams.”

Alex landed an internship as a fan services representative with the Chicago Bears, where he formed lasting relationships with industry professionals. He also coached football at Wauconda High School and volunteered with the New Orleans Super Bowl Host Committee for Super Bowl XLVII. On campus, he served as president of the Sports Management Association and student-coach for North Central’s football team.

Alex also...

Sport Management

“If you have a passion for sports, I recommend majoring in sport management. There are so many opportunities to build your resume at a school of North Central’s size. You take a variety of classes and learn many ways to build a career in sports.”

For Lauren, two of those opportunities were internships. One of the internships helped define her career interest. It involved interviewing student-athletes and writing their stories for publication on the College’s athletics website and distribution to media. “I discovered I like writing in sports journalism and want to work in this field.”

Her second internship connected her with coaches and team administration. “I interned with North Central’s track...

Sport Management

“North Central’s sport management program is unlike anyone else’s. I met people who are in the jobs I want to be in and I chose internships where I’m doing what I want to do.”

Brianna’s studies in sport management exposed her to what goes on behind the scenes of athletic competition. An internship with the athletic department taught her how to run a meet, recruit, set up equipment, and work with men’s and women’s programs. Her classes covered topics from economics to human resource management. Her role as a sportscaster with the student-run WONC-FM reinforced her desire to work at ESPN someday.

That desire was fueled when she attended the NCAA Sports and Entertainment Summit. “I networked with...

Sport Management

When Derek was growing up, his dad often told him that if he could find a job he loved, “you’ll never work a day in your life.” On the way to finding that job, Derek discovered a school he loves.

“I fell in love with North Central during my first visit. I still feel the same way today,” he says. “The people here are very friendly and the school’s in an amazing area.”

As a student, Derek has already had multiple opportunities to gain experience in the professional sports world. He completed a summer internship with the Chicago Blackhawks and also worked for the Super Bowl host committee in New Orleans alongside 14 other members of North Central’s Sport Management Association.

“I’ve always...

Sport Management

A lifelong Chicago Bears fan, Lauren gained enough experience at North Central to land an internship at the Bears summer training camp. As an advertising and special events intern, she organized the public activities surrounding the launch of the NFL season. “It was especially crazy with new quarterback, Jay Cutler,” she says. “We had 6,000 to 7,000 people in the stands every day.”

Lauren also developed sports leadership skills on campus. “I worked in the athletics office and organized game-day activities on campus,” she says. “I also played basketball for two and a half years.”

Lauren plans to pursue a career in sport management, but she’s open to a range of possibilities. “I want to work either...