Sport and Recreation Management professionals are needed to meet recreation demands resulting from expanding populations, increased leisure time, greater mobility and changing social attitudes. The curriculum in Sport and Recreation Management is designed to prepare students for professional positions in sport, recreation, parks and outdoor recreation programming and administration. Students interested in sport and recreation management can find a variety of career opportunities including community recreation, federal, state and municipal governmental agencies, private outdoor and tourism enterprises as well as intercollegiate athletic departments and minor and major league sport teams. Students interested in municipal and county recreation agencies, YMCA/YWCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, college/professional sports, fitness/facility management organizations, and therapeutic recreation in clinical as well as community settings, can focus their interests using additional recreation, marketing, accounting, economics, social media, management, entrepreneur, and leadership elective courses. This major is based on interdisciplinary approach providing a broad, comprehensive background for leadership and administrative roles in sport and recreation industries. It also provides students a foundation for advanced academic pursuits of a graduate degree in sport or recreation administration or related degree programs.
Check out course descriptions and program requirements for Sport and Recreation Management in the Online Catalog.
Meet alumni Maggan Froseth, the current Director of Marketing for Jackrabbit Athletics. Froseth has experience working with the Brookings Blizzard, Sioux Falls Canaries, and Minnesota Swarm.
“South Dakota State is an extremely unique place, both as a university and as a community. From a undergrad student to a staff member, I am amazed at how supportive those who wear the yellow and blue are.
The SRM program prepared me for my current role by offering courses and opportunities that challenged my way of thinking and gave me the hands-on experience that would help me to grow in a very competitive field. SDSU is a smaller DI university that has big plans, which allows for students to be involved in various aspects of collegiate athletics, such as ticketing, facilities, marketing, and administration.
My experiences at SDSU have given me the tools to be successful within the sports industry. Go Jacks!” - Maggan Froseth
Meet junior Erin Benz, a SRM major with Events & Facilities Administration minors. Benz is from Windom, MN and plans to either work with college athletics or youth recreation/aquatics.
On campus, Benz is involved in Helping Everyone Reach Optimal Health (HEROH) as a Peer Health Educator, a Morale Leader for State A Thon, College of EHS Student Ambassador, Jacks Give Back, and Sport and Recreation Management Club. She currently works as a Youth Development Specialist at the Boys and Girls Club of Brookings and completed an internship with Jackrabbit Athletics in the Facilities and Operations Department on football game days this fall.
“I consider Dr. Liu to be a role model here at SDSU because she is always informing me on upcoming volunteer opportunities, conferences, and scholarships that are available in the field of Parks and Recreation. She is a great connection and resource to have because she has many connections in the field.” - Erin Benz
Meet Blake Day, the current Associate Athletic Director for Development with Jackrabbit Athletics. Day received both his B.S in Business Economics and his M.S. in Sport & Recreation Studies here at South Dakota State University.
Day‘s previous work experiences include Assistant Athletic Director for Development & Marketing at Northern State University from 2012-2015 and Assistant Athletic Director for Development at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley from 2015-2017.
“SDSU gave me the opportunity to not only receive an amazing education, but also the chance to gain experience in the athletics administration field through both an internship and graduate assistant position with SDSU Athletics.” - Blake Day
Meet Zach Heintz, a senior from Sioux Falls. His future dream job is working for a professional sports team, preferably hockey, doing either Game Day Production/Operations or serving as a lead sales representative.
Heintz traveled to San Jose, California over the weekend to participate in an Inside Sales workshop with the NHL San Jose Sharks. He went through the training process for a sales representative and even gained real experience by making phone calls to clients for tours and group ticket sales! There were other students that attended from all over the country. Heintz said, “They’re a high energy team and it really rubbed off on everyone there.”
Zach was also a Field and Stadium Operations intern for the Sioux Falls Canaries in the 2018 season and is currently in his second season with the Brookings Blizzard as Assistant Game Day Operations and Away game Play-by-Play Broadcaster.