As the title of this article suggests, I describe in this essay how my career has been shaped by specific events, such as not knowing the rules of the game I loved and played extensively, and significant mentors, such as the venerable Dr. Earl Zeigler and Dr. Garth Paton. I also explain how I been involved in the birth and growth of the field of sport management. More importantly, I show how the field has shaped my career and has opened up opportunities for me to travel the world in propagating the field around the globe.
The author (email@example.com) is with Troy University, Troy, AL, USA. He is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada, and The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA.