Redefining the Classroom

Attracting students from across the globe

Nationally and internationally, society today places a value on quality opportunities that promote participation, amusement, and skill development that contribute to a healthy mind and healthy body. People will continue to pay to play.  Recreation, leisure and sport are all recognized professions that will continue to grow in public, private and commercial settings and the need for educated professionals to manage the distribution of related services and products will grow as well... continued job prospects

Why Students Choose LSSU

  • Experienced full time faculty members teach the classes explicit to sport and recreation management
  • The academic advisor for Sport and Recreation Management works individually with each major to assist them in discovering their career tract or a specialization
  • What differentiates a Sport and Recreation Management Major from a business major is the in depth focus on programming development and the practical application requirements that enhance undergraduate professional skills
  • The opportunity to engage in a dynamic profession...learn it...value it....breath it....sell it

Weronica Lomaka"Sports and Recreation Management is dynamic, spontaneous! It is about people and meeting their needs, and creating positive attitudes towards participation in recreation and leisure activities. If you are competitive, outgoing, and like working with people, you are a perfect student for this program. We take courses from a variety of disciplines that complement Sport and Recreation Management”

--Weronica Lomacka
Warsaw, Poland

NMRPA workshopDeb McPherson, Sally Childs and thirteen majors (Heather Howard, Lindsey Gentz, Dianna Allan, Justin Givens, Carrie Hasselhuhn, Weronica Lomacka, Aubrey Lashbrook, Amy Smeaton, Dana Fitzpatrick, Eric Buttil, Mark McDonald, Ryan Root and, Jamie Elliott) from Parks and Recreation and Sport and Recreation Management attended the Northern Michigan Recreation and Parks Association (NMRPA) workshop on risk management at the Ralph MacMullen Center in Grayling November 2007. Two alums, Erica Cena Mattson 05’ (Parks and Recreation Director for St. Ignace) and Justin Andre 01’ (Hanson Hills Recreation Authority Director - see Alum Success story at left) joined the group. NMRPA will focus on coordinating professionals in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

"As a child my favorite classes were physical education and art. I chose to start my education at a local community college and once I received my associates degree I still wanted to pursue my education and play tennis. Lake State offered the Sports and Recreation Management major in which my interest in sports is complemented with the opportunity to expand my creative side as well. Here I am the student I envisioned, preparing to be the professional I want to be."

--Lindsey Gentz,
Transfer Student,
Professional Tennis Registry Certification,
Grand Rapids, MI

Recent Internships

  • LSSU Sports Information
  • Traverse City Beach Bums Baseball Team
  • Sault Area Little League
  • Wild Bluffs Golf Course
  • Dept of Recreation and Culture
  • Detroit Pistons Basketball
  • Wayne State University Intramural/Recreation Department

"Sports and Recreation Management is important because there will always be facilities to manage, and people who want recreation and leisure programs. We learn how to manage people and facilities creating successful programs and opportunities. Being a major in Sports and Recreation management  I have had to develop and accomplish both personal and professional goals which I will apply in the future”

--Dana Fitzpatrick

Only the Best

Heather Cuthrell, Outstanding Sport and Recreation Management Graduate with advisor and School Chair, Deb McPherson


A Bachelor of Science/Arts in Sport and Recreation Management is a professional degree which prepares graduates to lead, plan, manage, and direct athletic, recreation, sport, fitness, and leisure opportunities for all ages of clientele, in public, non-profit, and commercial settings.  A Business Minor is included in the degree to enhance management knowledge and skills.  Additional career specialization can be achieved through minors such as Sports Marketing, Coaching, or Gerontology.

“Students are constantly engaged in practical application of knowledge gained in courses through written communication tasks such as: designing programs, developing activity lesson plans, producing administrative projects, completing undergraduate research,  and applying grant writing techniques. Their oral communication skills and knowledge are further enhanced through individual choices of practical experience, leader apprentice experience and internships under the tutelage of professionals.”

--Debra K. McPherson
Assistant Professor,
School Chair


  • Recreation Director – provides the management expertise to plan implement, and administer recreation/leisure programs in public, private, or commercial recreation setting. (City Recreation Director, Resort Recreation Director, Camp Director , Tour/Travel Directors, Conference Coordinators, etc.)
  • Sport Manager/Athletic Director – focuses on management of youth sports, school sponsored athletic programs, intramurals, sports associations, recreational sports, and semi and professional sports.   Specialization in marketing, public relations, ticket and merchandise sales, and sponsor ship apply the business minor. (Athletic Directors, Coaches, Sports Marketers, Military Recreation Director, Golf Course/Club Manager, University Intramurals Director, Sports Promotions, Athletic Association/League Directors, Olympic Programs, International Sports Management, etc.)
  • Facility Manager - responsible for the overall management of public, private, and commercial sports/recreation facilities, including program development, scheduling, marketing, budgeting, public relations, and human resource management. (Ice Arena Manager, Sports Complex Manager, Pool Manager, City Stadiums, etc.)
  • Entrepreneur – manager your own recreation/leisure business. (Sporting/Recreation Equipment Sales, Amusement Arcades, Rafting Tours, Bus Tour Company, Archery Range, Movie Theaters, Driving Range, etc.)
  • Conference Coordinator
  • Resort Directors
  • Hospitality/Hotel Management
  • Special Event Director
  • Coach
  • Intramural Director
  • Sports Marketing Director
  • Activity Leader – provide recreation leisure services in the form of activities to specific or diverse age groups in public, private, and commercial settings. (Corporate Fitness Leader, red Cross Learn to Swim, Kids Clubs, Golf Teacher, Arts and Crafts Teacher, Tour Guide, etc.)
  • Park and Recreation Director

“I really like this program because of all the hands-on practical experiences we are required to do and it has encouraged  me to get to know many people in the profession.  This major also has endless possibilities when it comes to career choices, I find through engaging in the practical experience that I have enjoyed the variety and am well prepared”

--Heather Howard

Our graduates succeed!

Because of the numerous recreation and outdoor opportunities within northern Michigan, many of our graduates are hired in our own back yard.

  • Justin Andre
    Director Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Grayling, MI
  • Terri Hetrick
    Business Manager, Freighterview Assisted Living, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
    Activity Programmer with Newberry Assisted Living, Newberry, MI
  • Erica Cena
    Recreation Coordinator, Parks and Recreation, St. Ignace, MI
  • Jessica Martin
    Tournament Director, Game of Your Life, Coldwater, MI
  • John Sacchetti
    Program Supervisor, Largo Florida Recreation, FL
  • Maggie Hartman
    Recreation Therapist, Med Central Health System, Mansfield, OH

"Lake Superior State University's Sport and Recreation Management program is second to none! The professors are leaders in the field who provide you with a very current and practical approach to managing recreation programs and facilities. They encourage your involvement with various community groups, organizations, programs, and special events. Working with or volunteering for these different groups and organizations allows you to network, and gain the hands on experience that is necessary in the recreation/leisure profession today. As a current professional in the field, my education and experiences are applied daily as I work with different organizations and groups producing quality recreation and leisure programs and events."

--Justin Andre '02
Director Hanson Hills Recreation Area,
Grayling, Michigan

Sports and event marketing class-organized golf scramble benefits kids

A Lake Superior State University sports and events marketing class presents an oversized check for $2,607 to the staff of Chippewa County's Department of Human Services. The proceeds are from a golf scramble students organized in October as a class project to benefit the Cares for Kids Fund. The DHS-administered program provides clothing, diapers, and sports equipment to families in need, as well as other support programs the DHS sponsors such as Shop with a Hero, Mystic Lake Summer Camp, and Project Backpack.


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