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On the Clock: Gannon Business Students Experience the 2021 NFL Draft

Published: 05/03/2021

Students attending and volunteering during the 2021 NFL Draft in Cleveland, OH.

Students attending and volunteering during the 2021 NFL Draft in Cleveland, OH.

Students in the Gannon University Dahlkemper School of Business gained valuable experience during the three days of the 2021 NFL Draft in Cleveland, OH.

According to a statement from the School, "students and faculty worked many hours and braved the elements (and a global pandemic) to achieve the ultimate goal of earning a future career in the sports and entertainment industry. The classroom is bigger than just four walls and we look forward to the next big sports event."

Before their trip, the group was profiled by Erie News Now:

A group of Gannon University students have more than just football to look forward to in the NFL draft later this week.

17 students from the Business Department will be volunteering at the draft in Cleveland to gain some real world experience.

“It’s just awesome,” one of the students, Geremy Paige, a Graduate Cyber Security student with a degree in Sport Management at Gannon University said.

Students in the Sport Management and Marketing Department at Gannon University get to attend the draft and volunteer with Landmark Events Security and the Cleveland Sports Commission. They're helping with security, event set-up, clean-up, hospitality, and guest services.

Paige attended 2 Super Bowls and MLB all-star games through Gannon University. He thinks the NFL draft will tie together everything he wants to do in his career.

“Just to see more of the NFL Draft behind the scenes,” he said. “From security to the event management.”

Gannon University is the only local school that will be at the draft, and only about 3 universities nationwide are headed to Cleveland this week.

“For myself, it’s just really exciting to be able to go and to get some real world experience that I hadn’t been able to in the past and just be able to see that the sports world is like in the real world,” Roxanne Garceaeo, a Senior Sport Management and Marketing Major at Gannon University said.

Two faculty members will also be attending. Dr. Eric Brownlee said they have connections from previous experiences like Super Bowls and the X-Games. The department has taken the year off from all big events because of COVID-19 so he's happy to give students this opportunity.

“It really helps them with their future careers, going to graduate school, getting that first job, getting that internship because they make a lot of connections,” Brownlee said.

The students we spoke too are excited too, especially coming out of a year with no hands-on events like this one because of the virus.

“Connections are what really get you ahead in life so I am just really excited to hopefully meet some interesting connections along the way,” Garceaeo said.

Geremy Paige said he is excited to attend one of the first open events to fans this year.

The 17 students, 2 faculty members, and the dean will be volunteering at the draft all three days.

See more from their trip by following DSB on social media, and learn more about what they're up to next.