Student Interns from Florida State University’s Sport Management Program
Dr. Jason Pappas, Assistant Teaching Professor, Sport Management, Florida State University
The Fred Biletnikoff Award organization is an excellent opportunity for FSU Sport Management students in providing them with an impactful internship opportunities in multiple areas in the sport industry such as event management, development, marketing and communications. The Biletnikoff Award is one of the biggest college football awards to be given each year and to have this award housed right here in Tallahassee is a tremendous opportunity for a FSU Sport Management to take full advantage of. The organization is second to none in helping provide scholarship opportunities for underprivileged high school students in the local community. In addition, our students are provided leadership and structure from some of the finest business leaders in the country. I would recommend this internship to any motivated and eager student who wants to gain first hand knowledge within the sport industry.
2017-2018: Benjamin Pereira
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Class of 2017
B.S. in Sport Management
Florida State University, Class of 2019
M.S. in Sport Management
Benjamin Pereira is a class of 2017 graduate of the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a current M.S. candidate in Sport Management at Florida State University. Originally from Massachusetts, he joins the Biletnikoff Award after working for The Association of Diversity in Sport, serving as their Vice President over the past year. Ben’s previous experience included working for sport organizations like the New England Revolution, the New Bedford Bay Sox, and Zero Gravity. Ben is a strong sport researcher, who hopes to utilize some of his market analysis skills and contribute to the greater mission of the award on a broad scale. Ben is very excited to join the team.
2016-2017: Stuart Langer-Marshall
Hometown: Plainville, Connecticut
Florida State University, Class of 2017
B.S. in Sport Management
The Biletnikoff Award has taught me that the richest successes come from a person’s true character. All people come from different backgrounds, and each one has to cope with various obstacles to achieve greatness and satisfaction. I was honored to have the opportunity to volunteer my time with the Biletnikoff Award due to the fact that every trustee, especially including our Founder, Professor Walter W. Manley, II, passionately cares about our careers following this internship and for the inspiration to every Biletnikoff Award applicant that they may find the best educational, and career, path that suits that individual. I have never been surrounded by an organization prior to this internship that better demonstrates and promotes positive attitude, character, passion, and to approach life by doing the things the correct way and always looking for guidance from knowledgeable mentors. I could not be more thankful to the entire organization and absolutely plan to stay involved with the Biletnikoff Award along with its creators and sponsorship from the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation Inc.
To second Anthony, thank you for putting us in the best position to succeed in these prestigious organizations! We took away so much from working with the local communities of northern Florida, and we will certainly create a positive impact wherever our paths may take us.
2015 – 2016: Anthony Onimus
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Saint Joseph’s University, Class of 2015
B.S. in Business Administration, Dual Major in Finance & Risk Management
Florida State University, Class of 2016
M.S. in Sport Management
Interning for the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. was an experience, I believe, happens once in a lifetime. Working with many of the Trustees, involved with the Biletnikoff Award, assisted me in growing both as an individual as well as a young professional in the sports industry. The internship was very challenging but also very pleasing due to the experience, knowledge, and connections gained throughout my time with the Foundation. The Biletnikoff Award is an amazing award that not only spotlights an outstanding, collegiate wide receiver but also gives back to the community through its scholarship foundation. Working with the scholarships was very rewarding due to the individuals I met as well as the stories I heard. In our beautiful country today, an education does not come at a cheap price and many young students are driven into debt to receive a college degree. The Biletnikoff Award does an outstanding job in assisting young, high school seniors, that have overcome a significant challenge, in receiving an education at a cheaper price by providing 10 – 15 scholarships a year. It was an honor to receive an opportunity to work alongside the Trustees at the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. and I look forward in assisting the Foundation in the future!
I hope your week is finishing up well and you are getting ready for a weekend filled with some great college football! As of earlier this week, I have accepted the position of Aquatics Program and Risk Management Coordinator at the University of Notre Dame. The position is going to be an amazing start to my career and I truly appreciate everything you have done to help me get to this point. I will be mainly running the University’s aquatics center that includes duties such as hiring/training lifeguards, scheduling of the pool, maintenance of the aquatics center, running the swim program, and keeping updated CPR/First Aid/AED certifications with all of the staff. Along with running the Aquatics Center, I will also be representing the University’s RecSports department on the campus wide Risk Management committee. As a representative on the committee, I will be voicing the RecSports department’s concerns on risk management initiatives and collaborating with other representatives on campus.
Thank you again for taking the time to speak with Arianne and Todd. I hope the Foundation’s trustees are doing well and everyone is getting excited for the upcoming months and banquet! Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help. I’ll give you a call once I am settled in South Bend and GO IRISH!
2015: Colton Schultz
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
B.S. in Sport Management, 2016 Florida State University
Minor in General Business, 2016 Florida State University
Interning for the Biletnikoff Award Foundation was an amazing experience, I am thankful that I got to be a part of such an unbelievable group of people.
2014 – 2015: Edward J. Billington, III
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida
Florida State University, Class of 2015
B.S. Sport Management, minor in General Business
University of South Florida, Class of 2018
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Sport and Entertainment Management
My experience with the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation afforded me the invaluable opportunity to give back and impact this community in a very meaningful way. I am very fortunate to have been associated with such an upstanding and prestigious foundation, and I look forward to continuing my affiliation.
2013 – 2014: Kristin Olson
Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
B.S. in Family and Child Sciences
M.S. in Sport Management
Event Management Certification
Interning at the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. has provided me with the necessary tools and experiences to be successful in my current career.
I think most sports fans are familiar with the Biletnikoff Award, but I do not think they are familiar with the organization behind it. The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation is so much more than just the creator and sponsor of the Biletnikoff Award. The Foundation also provides generous college scholarships to local counties’ high school seniors who have overcome significant barriers to achieve at the highest academic and extra-curricular levels. I was very honored to have been tasked the responsibility to conduct outreach to prospective students and to guidance counselors, review and classifying applications, and make award recipient recommendations to the Committee Chairman and Members.
I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to work with such amazing people and organization!