Super Bowl LI: Atlanta Falcons and GSU Sport Administration
HOUSTON- It was a record-setting year for the Atlanta Falcons franchise as the team reached their first Super Bowl in more than a decade. Although the final score was not as Atlanta Falcons fans hoped, the experience of Super Bowl LI was something a few GSU alumni and students will remember for a lifetime. The Sport Administration program was well represented in Houston at Super Bowl LI and played a part in the success of the franchise off the field throughout the season.
Sport Administration alumni Greg Beadles, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative & Financial Officer, and Sarah Hogan, Coordinator of Head Coach Operations, are vital staff members in the Falcons organization.
Alumni Francesca Turner and Nikebra Goodlow intern full time for the Georgia Dome in capacities that allowed them to work the Falcons home games. As it was widely reported, Falcons owner Arthur Blank helped 500 staff members attend the game, by providing tickets. One of those who received the $1,100 ticket was Turner. She worked all of the home Falcons games in a guest services capacity.
Current graduate student, Graham Reynolds, works game day communications for the Atlanta Falcons. Reynolds traveled to Houston and helped the Falcons during their Wednesday and Thursday media days and on Super Bowl Sunday in coordinating media/player interactions in the locker room postgame.
“Working the Super Bowl was a dream come true. As an Atlanta native, the outcome of the game was especially painful. It hurt a lot, but it also taught me how to handle winning and losing with class and professionalism. The hands-on work experience, networking opportunities and unforgettable memories combined to provide a once-in-a-lifetime journey. I feel proud, honored and blessed to have worked Super Bowl LI.” Reynolds stated.
The program was also connected to the Falcons via research conducted by faculty within the Sport and Urban Policy Initiative. Sport Administration faculty Drs. Tim Kellison and Beth Cianfrone worked with the Falcons this year on fan research on environmental sustainability. The initial findings are highlighted.