Haleigh Biancalana, Sport Management '16
"I have been involved in sports either as a player, coach, or event staff for as long as I can remember. A lot of my interest comes from opportunities I had while at Grand View. I attended as an undergraduate student majoring in Health Promotion Wellness Management. As a member of the women’s basketball team I got to meet some great athletic department staff. From interning and working at different sporting events in different roles, I truly found my passion for sporting events and the management and operational work that goes into them.
A Great Fit
"After I graduated in 2014, Grand View announced the Sport Management master’s program. I felt that this fit perfectly with my goals and interests within the field and decided to go for it! Being able to enroll in an accredited program in the Des Moines area was a huge plus for me. Des Moines has a lot of opportunities within the sports community to get involved, and I was excited to see where the program could take me.
"One of the biggest things about Grand View that is so valuable are the great connections with businesses in the community; some of the most influential organizations in the local industry are on advisory boards for the different programs, making networking and potential job opportunities a phone call away. This helps to spread the Grand View name within the community and can help you stand out among other job applicants.
"The program itself is very hands on and includes professors with real life experience. The class sizes are small which allows for one- on-one attention from the professors and the opportunity to build relationships with your fellow classmates. Classes themselves are full of great information on topics that apply specifically to sports management and related fields. The curriculum is designed to help you explore the field and truly find the area that you have the most interest and talent in.
Internships & Experiences
"I had my first taste of the sporting industry in the Des Moines area through my internship with the Des Moines Convention Center and Des Moines Sports Commission. It was great to see just how much work goes into bringing certain events to the area and how much impact they have on Des Moines and the state of Iowa as a whole.
"My experiences being a student athlete, working with Grand View athletics, interning with the Convention and Visitors Bureau, have led me to my current position at the Iowa Events Center where I am an Event Manager. The Iowa Events Center is made up of Wells Fargo Arena, Hy-Vee Hall, and the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center; these venues attract great events and sporting events that I will have the pleasure to work with.
"My advice for anyone considering the idea to start the Sport Management master’s at Grand View is, do it! If you are looking for an accredited program, in a major city, with knowledgeable professors with real life work experience, and an overall positive environment, this is definitely the program for you. I have thoroughly enjoyed the program, and am thankful for the opportunities and the people I have met because of it."