Journalist and Elway Fan in one

From the first class assignment, Grace Morgan has contributed to multiple class ventures. The title of the class podcast Suits and Sneakers is one of her most recent stamps on the class’s success.

Grace was named Student of the Week for the SDSU Sports MBA Class of 2017 due to her involvement in the class blog, radio show, and willingness to help whenever possible.

 

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Hometown: Long Beach, California

Undergrad: Patrick Henry College, Journalism

Age: 30

Favorite sports teams: Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Angels, Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Clippers.

“My dad is from Colorado, and when I was growing up LA didn’t have an established team. My dad followed the Broncos, and John Elway was really good at the time.”

Favorite Sports to play:

“I love playing tennis. I used to run track and cross country in high school, but tennis is my favorite sport. I usually play singles, doubles is a completely different strategy and I haven’t played much doubles.”

Favorite Sports Movie:

“I like Moneyball. I think it is a great story about finding the hidden value that other people can’t see and recognizing talent that has been overlooked. I think that is a really inspirational story that transcends sports.”

Why SDSU SMBA:

“I had been working as an executive legal assistant for several years so I felt like I had gained a lot of good experience and exposure. I learned a lot of the business side but it was at an insurance firm so it wasn’t anything that I was passionate about. I love sports and I would listen to sports podcasts throughout the day to keep me mentally engaged. So I started looking at MBA programs and I was very excited to find one in an industry that I am excited to learn about and gain experience in.”

Grace’s Favorite Podcasts: Anything The Bill Simmons Podcast, Grantland (when it existed), Jalen and Jacoby.

What do you want to personally achieve in the program:

“My biggest focus is exposure and experience. I want to learn as much as possible and meet as many people as I can. I know that sometimes you have an idea of what you would like to do in the future and I do, but it might be different in reality. So I would like to experience as much as I can and talk to as many people as possible to learn about how they became successful and what they like and don’t like about their careers so I can figure out what the best place is for me.”

What is your ideal job:

“I would like to work at an agency in athlete representation. I want to help them manage their careers. I feel like athletes are seen as stars and are used for their fame and talent. They need people to be there for them instead of trying to latch on to them.”

Favorite Class:

“I love sports marketing. I think that Dr. Dalakas is really engaging and helps us to see details that we would normally miss just watching commercials or seeing a print ad. He helps us dissect everything to see the true meaning of the intended marketing strategy. For example, when companies say the Olympics without saying the actual word so they don’t violate the trademark, it has helped me look at things from a different perspective and see things that I wouldn’t see.”

Advice for anyone trying to become ‘Student of the Week’:

“Let the campaigning begin! (Just kidding) Work hard and be conscience of others and how you can use your specific talents. Everyone in this group is really talented but everyone has different strengths. If you can find yours and learn how to use them to help other people, it will go a long way.”