The capstone project that’s part of Guilford's MISM provides students with a real-world opportunity to build the skills necessary for success. This year’s cohort partnered with Ramallah Friends School in Ramallah, Palestine, to design a multi-pronged strategic plan to improve the sports offerings for students and the public in that community.
“Whether you’re working for a parks and recreation department or a European football league, you need to learn how to communicate with other people and how to appreciate who they are as a culture,” Michael says.
Today's World Travelers
Study abroad plays an integral role in the MISM program, just as it does in Guilford's undergraduate Sport Studies Department. After taking a forced hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic, students traveled to Greece and Italy in 2022.
“One of the most eye-opening aspects for me was going to the Lazio football game,” says Hunter Neal ’22. “The experience was entirely different from anything I had been to in the United States. What really stood out was how once the game started, everyone stood on their chairs and cheered until halftime. There was no leaving to use the bathroom or get a beer. They were there for the game.”
Read more about Hunter's experience on Beyond Friendly, the College's study-abroad blog.
That first-hand experience plays a critical role in educating MISM students on the differences in sport around the world. Plus, such travel allows students to meet people and network in different aspects of the industry.
“We organized a lecture with the person who oversees the Ironman competition in Greece, and several students talked with him about coming back as an intern,” Michael says. “Those are the networking opportunities we envision with this program. We want to give students the chance to meet and connect with people in a way that sparks an interest and maybe takes them on a path they weren’t expecting.”