Published on Brock University (http://www.brocku.ca)
It becomes difficult to ignore, what is being called one of the most epic collapses in the history of the world junior hockey championships. However, beyond the on-ice display was the dedication of countless volunteers that made Canada proud.
Scott McRoberts, Director of the Niagara Sport Commission, helped spearhead the initiative to get 32 Sport Management students from Brock University involved as volunteer support for this event.
“Our Sport Management students are the bi-national contingent at information booths sharing the responsibility with local volunteers in Buffalo”, says McRoberts.
The information booths were stationed at both the HSBC and Niagara University’s Dwyer Arena, as well as the three player and media hotels in the area.
The service provided by Brock students made an impact on the international community. USA volunteer Paul Murphy, stated that “All the Brock students I worked with, were very well spoken, polite, and a real pleasure to work with”.
McRoberts, a sport management alumni and adjunct faculty member at Brock University, was overwhelmed with interest as he sought to find qualified and committed volunteers.
Giving up time with family and friends, Brocks students took advantage of the opportunity to represent Canada in an international sporting environment.
Sport Management student John Bell commented saying, “it was a great experience to be a part of, numerous people commented to me at the booths about how well organized everything was, if volunteers are needed for any future projects, I’d love the chance to help out and gain further experience”.
The student representatives involved consisted of qualified volunteers and students completing practical components of courses offered through the sport management program.