Department Recognizes Jamie Hammond and Senior Award Winners
St. John Fisher College’s Sport Management Department culminated its 2013-2014 school year by recognizing four members of the senior class for their successes and awarding its Sport Manager of the Year award to Jamie Hammond, General Manager of Total Sports Experience. These awards were presented at the department’s annual banquet held at Oak Hill Country Club on April 11 and at the President’s Awards Ceremony on May 9.
The Sport Manager of the Year is annually presented to a professional in the sport industry who has excelled in their field, made strong contributions to their communities, and modeled behaviors taught to students in the Sport Management Program. This year, the department faculty looked just down the road to the 2013 opening of the East Rochester Total Sports Experience (TSE) complex, considered the great success of TSE’s Gates location, and tabbed the facilities’ General Manager, Jamie Hammond, as the 2014 honoree, voted on unanimously by the department.
Hammond, a member of the TSE team since the Gates facility opening in 2001, has been instrumental in the wild success of that complex and is at the center of the expansion to the new eastside location. A graduate of the SUNY Cortland’s Physical Education Department and also SUNY Brockport’s Athletic Administration graduate program, Hammond has dedicated his professional life to providing the highest level of recreational and athletic opportunities for people of all ages throughout Monroe County. On a nightly basis, both TSE facilities host soccer, lacrosse, cheerleading, field hockey, youth baseball, and football practices; along with various meetings, parties, pick-up basketball games, personal workouts, and martial arts classes. Development of the East Rochester location provides another much needed recreational facility and is indicative of the level of foresight and leadership Hammond exhibits.
In addition, the faculty recognized four students for their efforts throughout their Fisher careers. Charlie Ragusa of Rochester and Valarie Hanson of Berkshire (Tioga County) were named the 2014 Sport Management Students of the Year for their successes in the classroom and extensive experiences gained in the sport industry. Carly Szydlowski of Pittsford was awarded the Academic Achievement Award in Sport Management as the graduating senior who proved her excellence over four years in the classroom with a 3.99 GPA. Finally, Danae Donatello of Marcy (Oneida County) was recognized by the Sport Management Club as its Club Member of the Year for her dedication to maximizing the club’s social and professional efforts.
In all, 55 sport management majors were acknowledged as part of the College’s Class of 2014, marking the largest class of graduating seniors in the department’s 15 years.
Jamie Hammond with Dr. Todd Harrison, Department Chair.