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The Pitt-Bradford Exercise Science Program is one of a number of different programs at Pitt-Bradford that students can use to turn their love of sports into a career. Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford

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BRADFORD, Pa. – College-bound high school students interested in developing their love of sports into a career can do so with one of the academic programs at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, which is also home to 14 men’s and women’s Division III teams.

Pitt-Bradford offers a major in sport and recreation management, in which students will study all aspects of sport management, including the psychology of sport, managing a sport or recreation program, and marketing.

Sport and recreation management majors also have the opportunity to get valuable hands-on experience working as an intern, experience that will give them an advantage when they graduate.

“We take pride in providing a high-quality, well-rounded experiential education for students who have a passion for the sport industry,” said Dr. Jodi Burns, assistant professor and director of the sport and recreation management program.

Pitt-Bradford students have interned with many organizations, including D.C. United Major Soccer League Club, Pinehurst Golf Club, Washington Wild Things baseball team, Cooperstown Dreams Park, the Jamestown Jammers baseball team, the YMCA, the Buffalo Bisons, and the Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic.

With a degree in sport and recreation management, students will be prepared for many types of careers, including athletic representative, country club or fitness center manager, sports marketer, sports director, and field maintenance director.

“Dreams turn into realities as students pursue their degree and build their professional network,” Burns added.

Alumni of Pitt-Bradford’s sport and recreation management program are working as coaches, park directors, facility managers and event coordinators.

Or, students can pair their love of sports and science with a major in exercise science, in which they’ll learn anatomy and physiology along with how to conduct fitness assessments, evaluate risk factors and health behaviors, and develop and implement safe and effective exercise prescriptions.

Students who study exercise science will develop the skills needed to work as a fitness trainer or wellness coach, an exercise physiologist, a clinical rehab specialist, a personal trainer or a sports nutritionist in many locations, including rehabilitation centers, hospitals, fitness centers and public health organizations.

Along with a strong science background, exercise science students will have many hands-on experiences inside and outside the classroom to complement their education, including internships. Pitt-Bradford exercise science majors have interned with several organizations, including Bradford Regional Medical Center’s Upbeat Program.

Dr. Mark Kelley, assistant professor and director of the exercise science program, is proud of the preparation his students receive in the program, which readies them for careers.

“Our program prepares students to pursue careers in exercise science,” Kelley said, “such as strength and conditioning specialists, exercise physiologists, personal trainers or wellness coaches.”

The program also prepares students for professional and graduate programs.

“Our students have successfully completed graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise science, doctor of osteopathic medicine and doctor of chiropractic,” Kelly added.

Students also can choose to major in any one of the more than 40 majors then minor in recreation administration, sports management or athletic coaching.

All of that preparation, along with the University of Pittsburgh degree, which is recognized and respected worldwide, will give students an advantage when they graduate and are ready to start their career.

However, students won’t be studying – and aren’t expected to study – all the time. Pitt-Bradford is a Division III institution and offers 14 athletics teams: men’s baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis and wrestling; and women’s basketball, bowling, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.

In addition to a robust intramurals program, Pitt-Bradford also offers a hockey club, cheerleading squad and an esports club team.

For more information about the sport and recreation management program, contact Dr. Jodi Burns, assistant professor and program director at jburns@pitt.edu. For more information about exercise science, contact Dr. Mark Kelley, assistant professor and program director at markkelley@pitt.edu.

It’s not too late to apply for fall 2022. Applications are still being accepted. To apply, visit www.upb.pitt.edu/how-apply. The $45 application is waived for anyone who applies online. For more information about Pitt-Bradford, visit www.upb.pitt.edu.

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