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PGA Championship a learning opportunity for UofL students

Per Svensson (Source: Michael Williams, WAVE 3 News) Per Svensson (Source: Michael Williams, WAVE 3 News)
Heather Luce (Source: Michael Williams, WAVE 3 News) Heather Luce (Source: Michael Williams, WAVE 3 News)
Kieran Story (Source: Michael Williams, WAVE 3 News) Kieran Story (Source: Michael Williams, WAVE 3 News)
(Source: Michael Williams, WAVE 3 News) (Source: Michael Williams, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – When the PGA Championship comes to Valhalla in August, it’s bringing with it more than just the premiere golfers in the world. It’s also bringing valuable experience to a group of University of Louisville students.

Doctoral Fellow Per Svensson is leading a class in the Sports Administration school that is designed to capitalize on the major event taking place in UofL’s backyard. The three credit-hour class started meeting July 17 in a classroom setting and will move to Valhalla later this week.

Svensson said it’s a chance for students to, “Not only learn about all the aspects that go into organizing these large-scale events - so anything from event bidding to operations and volunteer management as well as the customer service and hospitality skills needed for these type of events - but also an opportunity go out to Valhalla and during the tenure of the PGA Championship, they're going to be working with the PGA of America staff.”

Each student is required to volunteer at the PGA Championship for at least seven hours each day the event runs.

“I just want to get more volunteer experience and just kind of see how these events are run, said Heather Luce, a senior, “all of the leadership, the teamwork it takes for it to come together.”

Kieran Story, a senior who will graduate in December with a degree in sports administration, said, “I’m really interested in what goes on in that week during the championships and just trying to meet as many people as I can meet and do as much as I can do … I feel like I’m working to get a job out of anything.”

Svensson said UofL also offers classes for the Ryder Cup, World Equestrian Games and first Sprint Cup 400 at the Kentucky Speedway. He said some of students who took these courses were hired afterward.

“We’ve seen before where students work these events and then they go on to work either for that organization or similar, large-scale sport events,” Svensson said.

Even if there’s not an immediate job that comes from the class, Svensson said, “This is a very unique opportunity. I told my students the tagline for this event is, 'This is major, this is the PGA Championship,' I think you can look and say, 'This is major. This is my future sports management career.'”

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