Sport Management Class at Lake Erie College Presents Stormfest


Sport Management seniors at Lake Erie College are learning how to organize their own event by hosting Stormfest, a family-friendly night of games. The event will take place on Thursday, April 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletics and Wellness Center.

Stormfest will feature games and events open to everyone. Games costing $1 each will run all evening, including putt-putt golf, bowling, target soccer, pin the face on Stormy and more. A cornhole tournament will take place at 6 p.m. with registration starting at 5:30 p.m. Teams of 2 players can register for $10 to participate.

All proceeds from Stormfest will go to support the Dr. Bob Trebar Scholarship, in memory of the late LEC professor. T-shirts for Stormfest will be available at the event to further raise money for the Dr. Bob Trebar scholarship. Contact Amanda Curtis at to pre-order Stormfest t-shirts or buy raffle tickets for the gift baskets, which are available even without attending the event.

Taylor Braddock ’19, a Sport Studies major, describes her experience helping to plan Stormfest. “Even when you think you have it all, something else comes up. This has been a very good lesson on how you need to be on top of everything and ready for any changes that might come your way, last minute. I hope as a class, we can achieve success in raising money for such an important fundraiser.”

Through organizing this event, the students in the Sport Management Senior Capstone project have put to use many of the skills they learned over their four years at LEC. They have had to work together as a group to plan the event from start to finish, managing venue, rentals, advertising and more. With the event still upcoming, the students have already had great experiences with the assignment.

“The class really works well together and everyone seems to have an interest in wanting the event to go well,” Sport Management major Ryan Lally ‘19 said. “With people who are wanting to achieve the same goal, it helps the group cohesion to make the event the best we possibly can.”

Dr. Amanda Curtis has overseen the Senior Capstone class as they created Stormfest from the ground up. The students had chances to work with departments across campus to coordinate all aspects of the event. Through this experience, the students are building skills that will last them through their careers.

Jessica Pepera ’19, a Sport Management major is looking forward to putting her lessons from this class to good use. “Overall I feel like this experience will help me in the future with sports. Everything in life is a planning process and there are different steps to getting to the end goal. There has been some road blocks to meeting our intentional goal, and getting into the last stages of planning there have been some differences arising but in the end this process has definitely helped with communication and cooperation skills which is useful in future careers.”

“Through this experience, I was able to apply everything I have learned throughout my four years at Lake Erie College,” said Sport Management major Brandon Bryan ‘19. “Planning and hosting Storm Fest has required a lot of work in many different areas of the Sport Management program. I have used skills learned from marketing, facility management, management, and other classes required for the Sport Management major. For this event, I hope to host a successful and smooth event that brings both the Lake Erie College and Painesville communities together as we raise money for Dr. Trebar.”

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