To help prepare students for careers in the sports industry, The University of Findlay and the Cleveland Browns announced a unique partnership today. The University of Findlay & Cleveland Browns Partnership for Student Success establishes a new paradigm for knowledge transfer between the two organizations, further leading highly-skilled graduates who are ready to excel in the sports industry.
The University of Findlay & Cleveland Browns Partnership for Student Success is founded on improving students’ ability to succeed in the sports business by combining Findlay’s academic leadership and Browns staff’s industry experience and jointly applying both to the educational curriculum in and outside of the classroom.
University of Findlay administrators and students traveled to the Browns’ headquarters in Berea, Ohio to celebrate. Watch the video:
To help bolster The University of Findlay’s current sports-focused classes, Browns personnel will be available to incorporate relevant sports-business examples and best practices into academic studies, as well as be accessible to UF students through private networking events and other presentations.
“We are very pleased to be partnering with the professionals at the Browns. In 2012, the campus came together to develop a strategic plan that included providing best-in-class resources and experiential learning opportunities to our students. This partnership is one of the ways we are meeting those goals,” explained Dr. Katherine Fell, president of The University of Findlay. “This partnership is about two strong organizations coming together to build a pathway to careers in the sports industry, enhance student experiences and give Findlay students the edge needed to get into this competitive career field.”
“This partnership with The University of Findlay provides us another great opportunity to extend our commitment to improving education in Ohio and helping prepare young individuals for future success, whether that is in sports or other fields,” said Browns President Alec Scheiner. “We also look forward to learning from The University of Findlay and providing opportunities to their students to supplement their academic studies with applicable sports business experience.”
Incorporated within the program is The Browns Edge Partnership, which provides opportunities for UF students to be mentored by professionals in the Browns organization, networking events and skill-building opportunities. Through those associations, Findlay students will have an increased familiarity, exposure to the organization and experience to be considered among Browns internship candidates.
“The chance to learn from professionals at the Browns is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Haley Gray, sophomore marketing and sport and event management major at Findlay. “Ultimately, this is skill development, and the opportunities that the University will be able to offer students in Cleveland are unrivaled. I know that with the passion I have for sports marketing and hard work combined, UF will be able to offer me a real shot, thanks to this partnership.”