Initiated in October 1999, the Sport Management Student Association (SMSA) is open to any Seton Hall undergraduate student who is interested in the sport business. The organization is totally student-run, under the supervision of a sport management faculty advisor. The objectives of the SMSA are to provide networking opportunities within the Sport Management department, recruit incoming students, interact with key members of the sport industry community, further the knowledge of the sport management profession, and act in a way commensurate with the mission and objectives of Seton Hall University.
The President of the organization is Nicholas Coppola.
Organization Activities Include
Since 2002, the SMSA has sponsored an annual Blood Drive through the Red Cross each fall. In the past eight years, more than 2400 pints of blood have been collected, saving more than 7200 lives.
Annual SMSA Trip:
Each spring the SMSA takes a weekend trip to a sports venue. During the 2007 trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame, the organization was treated to a lecture given by sports marketing expert, Mike Veeck.
- Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, New York ('02, '07)
- Camden Yards, Baltimore Orioles game ('09)
- Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto, Ontario, Canada ('06)
- Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, Massachusetts ('04, '08)
- Professional Football Hall of Fame, Canton, Ohio ('05)
Annual Sport Trivia Night
Based on your typical trivia show you might find on television, the SMSA Sport Trivia Night features 12 students from various organizations on campus competing for glory, honor, and prizes. In 2008 and 2009 the event was hosted by sports broadcaster Gus Johnson.
Other events and trips have included: New Jersey Nets Basketball Games, Madison Square Garden Tour, Giants 5-K Run / Draft Day, Pirate Pandemonium, Army-Navy Football Game, NFL Draft Trip, Trip to Sport Management Seminar at Robert Morris University, Metlife Stadium Private Tour, Marty Appel Book Signing of his acclaimed book "Pinstripe Empire", Careers in Media & Entertainment Panel (Guests included representatives from ESPN, NBC, Nelligan Sports Marketing, NY Red Bulls, MSG, and CBS Radio), Annual End of the Year trip to Philadelphia Phillies Game
Sport Management Honor Society:
Alpha Chi Lambda is the Sport Management honor society, founded at Seton Hall and sponsored by the SMSA and the Center for Sport Management. Students meeting set requirements are inducted after their junior or senior year.