College of Education & Human Development master’s student Cullen Gascoigne knows exactly what it feels like inside Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium when football fans come out for the Southeastern Conference Championship game.
“Even when you’re outside the stadium, you could feel the excitement from the fans and it carried on into the stadium for most of the game,” she said.
Gascoigne was one of several students and faculty from the college’s sport administration master’s program who were an integral part of the 2019 SEC Championship football game and related activities.
They assisted with set up and break down for the Regions Bank SEC Coaches Luncheon and the SEC Legends Dinner, stuffed goody bags for attendees and seated guests as they arrived. For the championship game, they assisted the ticketing staff by directing fans to the correct gates and will call locations.
Gascoigne also volunteered with the SEC Championship weekend last year and believes the experiences she had at each will prepare her well for a career coordinating large-scale sports events.
“I vividly remember having dinner with a few of my classmates last year and we all talked about our career goals and how unique the experience was,” she explained. “Having this kind of opportunity not only serves as a huge learning experience and boosts your resume, but it also motivates you to go after your goals. There is truly nothing like it.”
This is the 12th consecutive year that Associate Professor Beth Cianfrone and her students have been part of the SEC Championship events, and their hard work helps ensure the weekend’s activities go as planned.
“It is excellent to have students who live in Atlanta that are eager to work multiple events throughout the weekend and experience the SEC Football Championship,” said Kory Dahlen, assistant director of competition for the Southeastern Conference. “Georgia State sport administration students have been reliable and dependable for the SEC Football Championship for many years.”