A group of Loras sport management students were part of history in May when they participated in the first Iowa stop of the Green Bay Packers’ Tailgate Tour. The students organized two activities that kids were able to participate in during the event—making their own “cheesehead” hats and testing their throwing arms by throwing foam footballs through a hoop.
“The Packers Tailgate Tour was a great success for Loras College sport management students to work on their event management skills and social networking. The event was very successful and helped create more awareness and donor support for Camp Albrecht Acres,” explained Megan Gregg
(’13) (Hinckley, Ill.), who was involved in the event.
Students were approached by Camp Albrecht Acres, the beneficiary of the Dubuque Tailgate Tour proceeds, about participating. Gregg
, Rachel Kerchefske
(’13) (Manitowoc, Wis.), Lyle Hunt
(’14) (Dubuque, Iowa), Ben Suchomski
(’16) (Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Jeff Kasel
(’14) (Dubuque, Iowa), Mike Considine
(’14) (Sandwich, Ill.), Eric Theilacker
(’14) (Naperville, Ill.), Katie Gonzales
(’13) (Chicago, Ill.), Taylor Heinrichs
(’13) (Manchester, Iowa) and Jimmy Collins
(’15) (Dubuque, Iowa) responded to the challenge and created the activities outside of any class requirements.
"The students did an excellent job representing the program and Camp Albrecht Acres officials offered great leadership. This was a great opportunity for the students to engage in active learning in a sport business setting. Our students have now recently had the chance to directly be involved with Fan Fests for the St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers, arguably the two premier sport organizations in the Midwest,” said Matt Garrett, Ph.D.
, professor of physical education and coordinator of the sport management program.