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Mass. college students getting real-life sports management lesson at Super Bowl

(WGGB/WSHM) — Seventeen lucky students from Nichols College in the Worcester County town of Dudley are now in Las Vegas to help set-up for Sunday’s big game.

“Vegas, it’s a completely different experience, you know. We’re a small college from Dudley, Mass. so it’s kind of big opportunity going from a small-town college to a large city and working the Super Bowl,” said Nichols College sophomore Liam Murphy

Murphy and Nasir Bridgewater are just two of the 17 students from Nichols College taking part in this year’s “Super Bowl Practicum.” The three-credit sports management class allows students to travel to the big game and work on a variety of fan festival events that lead up to the event.  Students also get the chance to go inside the stadium on game day and work with the NFL to help manage and facilitate stadium operations.

“It’s a terrific opportunity. It takes everything we study in the classroom and applies it to the real world,” said Nichols College Professor Dr. Christopher Streeter.

Streeter told Western Mass News that the class not only provides students with insight on the big game, but will help them further their future careers in sports management.

“A really great behind-the-scenes atmosphere for our students to really learn what it is that makes sport events tick,” Streeter explained.

Students told us that the class helps them operate at a more professional level and learn how to manage and work with celebrities. Bridgewater said he won’t let this golden moment pass him by.

“Just being in an atmosphere like Vegas is something that not many people get to do, especially at our age, so I feel like this is an opportunity that we can’t take for granted and we should use it in as many ways as we possibly can,” Bridgewater noted.

In addition to the seven-day trip, students are required to complete a final reflection project and manage the college’s sport management Instagram page with posts and stories throughout their experience in Vegas.