An Experiential Learning Trip: Exploring Student Experiences and Motivations for Volunteering at the Super Bowl

in Sport Management Education Journal
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The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of sport management students during an experiential learning trip to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, LA. A secondary purpose of the study was to explore and describe why students were motivated to participate in the trip. The study draws from theories of student and volunteer motivation. A qualitative approach was employed using ethnography that detailed the accounts of 11 students and 2 professors from James Madison University who volunteered to work events surrounding the Super Bowl. The findings revealed three themes: learning, career empowerment, and on-site preparation. This type of experiential trip can be replicated by other sport management educators and the findings can assist in further developing the literature on experiential learning.

Joshua R. Pate and David J. Shonk are with the School of Hospitality, Sport & Recreation Management, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Address author correspondence to Joshua Pate at patejr@jmu.edu.

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