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Sports Science Academy

What is the Sports Science Academy?

Career Pathways Sports Science Academy is a one year partnership program between Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (Mt. Morris Campus only) and Genesee Community College for highly motivated high school seniors interested in exploring the world of Sports Science as a career choice. In addition to earning 14 college credits, students will explore many technical or professional careers related to physiology, psychology, anatomy, biomechanics, biochemistry, bio kinetics while learning skills and professionalism required in the field.  Sports Science Academy students combine secondary education with collegiate education to achieve their long term goal of successful employment.

The Sports Science Academy program is targeted for high school seniors who have successfully maintained an 80 average for the first three years of high school.  Students should have exemplary attendance, demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing, and possess the responsibility required to work independently and in teams.

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Contact Ann Valento, ACE Programs, Career Pathways and ACE Specialist at 585-343-0055 x6316 or email amvalento@genesee.edu for an application.

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What Else Should I Know?

  • Students are responsible for payment of college tuition. Credit hour cost for academy students is currently $60 which is 1/3 of the regular GCC tuition rate.

  • Students will receive a GCC ID and have access to college facilities including: computer labs, athletic facilities, library databases, and GCC email.

  • The college course work combined with the hands on activities will allow students to gain valuable insight into the sports science career field.

  • Students participate in job shadows and/or internships.

  • Students explore the realities of working in the Sports Science Career environment.

  • Students develop a network through job shadows and professional and college mentors.

  • The program provides a unique opportunity to be academically challenged.

  • The program has a multi-disciplinary design providing a sense of closure to their high school education and a direct transition to their next level of professional development into a specific sports science profession.

  • The program provides work-based learning experiences that are focused and relevant and assist in creating a sports science career network.

  • Business and community involvement is encouraged by extending the classroom beyond the traditional four walls.

  • A foundation in accessing sports science information, problem solving, working in teams, communicating through oral and written expressions and professional behavior is provided.

  • Self-motivated students who are able to master time management skills are ideal candidates.

Jump start your college career with 14 college credits:

Exercise and sports science is the scientific study of physiology and biomechanics in relation to the ability of the human body to adapt to motion, movement, and physical activity. Alternatively, a degree in sports science can also lead to career opportunities in fitness instruction, scientific research, and nutrition.

Types of Sports Jobs

In the college sports sector, choose from these athletic department jobs:

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Coach – many different sports
  • Assistant Coach
  • Associate Athletic Director
  • Athletic Director
  • Physical Education Instructor
  • Marketing and Promotions Coordinator
  • Athletic Program Development Director
  • Sports Information Director

In the field known as Health and Fitness, there are these jobs and sports careers:

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Sports Medicine Aide
  • Assistant Athletic Trainer
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Sports Massage Therapist
  • Sports and Fitness Nutritionist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Sports Physician
  • Sports Psychologist

Interested in a sports writing job or broadcasting career? There has been a proliferation of sports-related Internet sites, publications, and sports channels on television. There’s never been a better time to pursue these types of sports jobs:

  • Sportscaster
  • Sports News Reporter
  • Television Sports Producer
  • Radio Sports Producer
  • Internet Sports Producer
  • Sports Writer
  • Sports Photographer
  • Sports Talk Show Host
  • Sports Columnist
  • Sports Television Talent Director
  • Editor
  • Publisher

You can find these sports jobs in schools from Kindergarten through 12th grade:

  • Physical Education (P.E.) Teacher
  • Coach
  • Assistant Coach

Fortunately for job seekers, many professional sports teams are big businesses. You’ll find the following types of opportunities within many pro sports organizations:

  • Coach
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Scout
  • Team President
  • General Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Director of Minor League Operations
  • Marketing Director
  • Promotion Director
  • Director of Community Relations
  • Ticket Operations Manager
  • Traveling Secretary
  • Executive Director
  • Stadium Manager
  • Sports Events Coordinator
  • Equipment Manager
  • Scoreboard Operator
  • Public Address Announcer

Cruise Ship Jobs

  • Shipboard Golf Professional Jobs
  • Cruise Director Jobs
  • Youth Program Director Jobs
  • Youth Staff Jobs
  • Recreational Manager Jobs

Nearly every neighborhood or municipality has a recreational sports program or two as well as your local YMCA or Boys and Girls Club. They hire for these types of jobs:

  • Youth Sports Administrator
  • Recreation Manager
  • Director
  • Recreation Aid
  • Recreation Specialist
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Outdoor Recreation Planner
  • Teen Coordinator
  • Health & Fitness Director
  • Instructor
  • Facility Manager
  • Aquatic Director
  • Summer Camp Positions

Sporting goods are big business and people working as manufacturer’s sales reps can make excellent money. There’s the wholesale side of the business where you’re selling to retailers and obviously the retail aspect:

  • Manufacturer’s Representative
  • Sporting Goods Store Manager
  • Sporting Goods Salesperson
  • Sports Store Business Owner
  • Team Dealer