August 10, 2016

Laying Groundwork


The Greensboro Swarm doesn’t play its first game until November, but the NBA D-League team has already provided valuable experience for Zach Lindsey ’17 and Joe Metts ’17.

Zach and Joe interned this summer with the Swarm, helping the Charlotte Hornets affiliate prepare for its inaugural season. “Throughout this experience we’ve just come in and seen the groundwork being built,” said Zach, a Sport Management major from Zambia.

The groundwork includes a multi-million dollar renovation of the fieldhouse at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, where the team will play its home games, as well as assembling a front office staff and building a fan base.

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Joe, who is majoring in Business Administration, supported the ticket sales staff through research and analysis.

“This internship has given me a great deal of insight into the world of professional sports,” said Joe, a resident adviser and a baseball player at Guilford. “Every day presents a new challenge and a new opportunity to grow the Swarm’s fan base.

Zach, a Bonner Scholar, worked with other interns to create a manual that will help future interns make the most of their time with the team. “They'll know what to do from day one,” he said.

The internship allowed both students to put into practice skills learned in their majors and through the liberal arts.

“I call on business concepts ranging from basic marketing techniques to more thorough analytics used in finance almost every day,” Joe said. “And Guilford’s liberal arts curriculum requires students to be adaptable and willing to engage, which are two key elements for success in this industry.”

Zach agrees.

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“Everything I have done (during the internship) really has come full circle and has come naturally to me,” Zach said, “because this is what I have done on a daily basis as a student at Guilford College.”