2/24/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – Six Ashland University sport management students volunteered to work at the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) Fed Cup event that was held in Cleveland in early February.
The Fed Cup event, which is the women's professional tennis equivalent of the World Cup of soccer, featured the first round tennis match between the United States and Italy played at Public Auditorium in Cleveland.
The AU students who worked the event were Jordan Crabill, a junior from Heath; Shelbie Johnson, a sophomore from Ashland; Matthew Lubinsky, a sophomore from Brunswick; Jennifer Moore, a sophomore from Jeromesville; Darian Reynolds, a sophomore from Dayton; and Adam Wallace, a sophomore from Sterling.
The scope of the volunteer team included many important roles, such as media, credentialing, operations, transportation, VIP/hospitality and many others. The team worked alongside the professional event staff of the USTA and the International Tennis Federation, helping support the event that drew about 3,000 fans, sports luminaries, international media and government ambassadors.
“My experience volunteering at the Fed Cup USA vs. Italy reconfirmed my passion for the sport management degree and the specific career of event management I am pursuing,” Reynolds said. “I enjoyed every bit of working around professional athletes and assisting to produce a great event. In the short time I worked, I learned a great deal from the members of USTA and hope to work with them again in the future.”
Moore agreed, noting that “I gained a whole new respect for event planners and the amount of effort and time that goes into the behind the scenes. Volunteering for this event was an eye opener and a great experience.”
Doug Wenger, senior vice president and chief information Officer at OMNOVA Solutions, a global manufacturing company headquartered in Northeast Ohio, served as the volunteer program coordinator for the Fed Cup event.
“Some of your student athletes and/or sport management majors were members of my team and I want to acknowledge their contributions,” Wenger said. “These students worked side by side, performing various duties that included preparing the stadium court and arena, operating the ‘fun zone’ for families and kids, performing event operations duties, managing the VIP/Hospitality area and post-event decommissioning. It was a pleasure to work with this fine group of young adults.”
Wenger said the students turned in a strong performance at the event.
“They were on time, attentive, respectful and outstanding ambassadors of sports, international relations, our community and your respective university,” he said. “They were interacting with an international clientele, worked alongside varying generations of colleagues and worked together very well as a team. The feedback from the USTA was positive about their performance.”
Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.
Banner photo caption: AU sport management students (l-r) Jordan Crabill, Adam Wallace, Shelbie Johnson, Jennifer Moore and Darian Reynolds pose prior to the start of the Fed Cup event in Cleveland.