The day that Alex Morgan played her 100th game wearing the United States Women’s National Team uniform was also unforgettable for the new SDSU Sports MBA cohort. Ten students volunteered at the friendly match between the U.S. and the Republic of Ireland at Qualcomm Stadium in front of 23,309 fans, a record crowd to watch a WNT game in San Diego. Occupying their roles as player escort and ball kid supervisor, locker room and bench crew, and stretcher crew, the SDSU volunteers acquired a new perspective in the organization of large-scale sporting events such as this one managed by the US Soccer Federation. Jessica Covino and Michael Leuzzi were our direct supervisors, and both were a pleasure to work for.
Player Escort and Ball Kid Supervisor: The experience was enriching from the organizational point of view, where you realize that the obligations begin with contacting local associations, to assemble the FIFA protocol and packing everything to start all over again. These SDSU students served as a link between the US Soccer Federation and the 14 ball kids plus 2 chaperones, who was welcomed and accompanied throughout the whole experience. During the match, these students organized the kids on the field and supervised that they would always have balls and be located in their right location.