On Tuesday, October 25th, the formation of the Colangelo School of Sports Business was publicly announced at a news conference in the Grand Canyon University Arena by the entrepreneur and legendary sports professional himself, Jerry Colangelo. Alongside Grand Canyon University CEO, Brian Mueller, and Business Dean, Dr. Kevin Barksdale, Mr. Colangelo championed his mission to share what has made him so successful with a savvy generation of current and prospective students.
Launched in mid-2010, the Bachelor of Science in Sports Management has more than 300 ground and online students currently enrolled in Arizona’s only sports business major program. The opportunity for Grand Canyon University students to engage with experts in the field through the Colangelo Guest lecture Series and participate in exclusive networking events truly sets this program apart from others throughout the country. In addition, each year, an outstanding second-year student will be selected to be mentored by Colangelo.
Jerry Colangelo possesses a remarkable track record of casting a vision which has helped transform organizations, franchises, and entire metropolitan cities. In honor of this historic collaboration with Grand Canyon University, Mr. Colangelo will donate personal sports memorabilia to be displayed permanently in the new Arena.
Equipping students with a sports business education focused on innovation, servant leadership, and then enveloped under the Colangelo banner speaks volumes to the quality and ambition of GCU’s latest pioneering academic program.