July 23, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Department of Athletics held its inaugural Bucks Go Pro end of summer luncheon Monday afternoon at the Fawcett Center, congratulating 19 student-athletes from 12 different sports for completing their time interning within the athletics department this summer. The objective of the program was to give student-athletes valuable experience working within a university athletics department and help them clarify their career goals.

Janine Oman assistant athletics director of sport performance assumed management of the 2013 Summer Intern program from Heather Lyke, who accepted the position of athletic director at Eastern Michigan in early July.

Oman opened the luncheon by thanking the student-athletes and staff members.

“I’ve gotten a lot of good feedback from staff members who have enjoyed having the student-athletes in their office and engaging them in meaningful tasks,” Oman said. “I’ve also gotten feedback from the student-athletes who have loved the work experience they’ve gotten this summer and hope to be able to work for their respective departments again next summer. Thank you all for making this a great first year for Bucks Go Pro.”

Dominique Alexander, a former men’s lacrosse captain who completed his eligibility this past spring, worked in the sports administration office this summer.

“It’s been a great experience,” Alexander said. “I’ve gotten to work not just with the sports administration department and athletics directors, but with every department housed in the Fawcett Center. This program truly helps athletes get the real world experience they need to be successful. During the year we, as student-athletes, have practice or games every day. Bucks Go Pro allows us to finally be flexible and work in the fields we’re interested in.”

Dara Schnoll, who will be a junior for the women’s rowing team in 2014 and worked in sports administration this summer, shared her experiences and enjoyment with Bucks Go Pro as well.

“My big project this summer, with the help of Dominique, is what we’re calling The Student-Athlete Buckeye Bash,” Schnoll said. “It will be a kick-off event for all the student athletes here at Ohio State.”

The event would be a way for student-athletes to interact and get to know each other across different teams. It is the desire of the athletics program to get student-athletes to branch out from their own teams and help them build networks.

“I got to work with facilities management, fan experience, IMG, creative services, Nike and others overcoming all the different challenges I never realized were part of planning an event,” Schnoll said. “Additionally I gained the experiences of drafting a proposal for the event, working within a budget and delegating responsibilities. It’s really been an incredible learning experience.”

These two testimonies from student-athletes highlight the success of Bucks Go Pro in accomplishing the five main purposes laid out at the Kickoff Breakfast.

1. Provide the student-athletes with meaningful work experience in a professional setting;
2. Help enhance student-athletes’ resumes;
3. Teach student-athletes how to develop a network of colleagues;
4. Expand our student-athletes’ references beyond their professors and coaches;
5. Help our student-athletes be better prepared for life after college and represent Ohio State with class in their professional endeavors.

The luncheon closed with everyone in attendance getting a bicentennial coin, commemorating the 100 year history of Ohio State athletics and each student-athlete receiving a certificate of appreciation as well as a book called Strength Finders, which will help the student-athletes hone in on the skills they possess which are most applicable to the career path they have chosen.

In the final part of the ceremony, two lucky student-athletes received $300 gift cards to purchase a professional wardrobe.  Jamie Wood, a former defensive back on the football team who is pursuing a master’s degree in African and African American studies and worked in the ticket office, was the winner on the men’s side and will be shopping at Joesph A. Banks. The female winner was Minori Minagawa, who will be a sophomore on the women’s cross country team in 2014 and who worked at the golf course this summer. Minagawa will get her wardrobe from Ann Taylor or Loft.

The rest of the Inaugural Class of 2013 Ohio State Student-Athlete Summer Interns include: Victoria Aepli (women’s gymnastics; event management), Alexis Allen (field hockey; Schottenstein Center), Katarzyna Dabrowa (women’s fencing captain; human resources), Alex DeLuca (women’s gymnastics captain; fan experience), Aleksandra Dobranic (women’s basketball; creative services), Cara Facchina(women’s lacrosse captain; business office), Christienne Linton (women’s track and field captain; LiFE Sports), Kelcey McKinney (women’s track and field; human resources), Laura Napolitano (field hockey captain; SASSO), Carly Pendleton (women’s track and field; camps), Eric Philippou (men’s fencing; video services), Sara Schmitt (women’s ice hockey; information technology), Lenzelle Smth, Jr. (men’s basketball; development), Maria Swartz (field hockey; sports performance) and Kim Theut (women’s ice hockey; facilities).