Academic Programs Sport and Recreation Management

Sport and Recreation Management

The fields of sport and recreation are expanding as Americans have increasingly more leisure time. Springfield College graduates are recognized for their exceptional preparation for the growing range of management career opportunities. Sport or recreation management students learn about event management and business administration. Students also take courses in finance, technology, and marketing.

Graduates are prepared to enter the workforce with the extra advantage of real-world experience gained through fieldwork or internships. Many of these experiences lead to employment.

Undergraduate Sport and Recreation Management Majors:

Additional Recreation Management Option

Sport and Recreation Management Graduate Majors:


Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Sport Management and Recreation is to provide education and leadership embodying the principles of Humanics to students in the sport management, recreation management, therapeutic recreation, and child life professions.

Vision Statement

The vision of the Department of Sport Management and Recreation is to be the premier academic institution in New England preparing students for leadership, management, and service in recreation and sport management professions.

Values Statement

The values embedded within interactions of the Department of Sport Management and Recreation with students, parents, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, professionals, advisory council members and community members are as follows:

  • National and international vision of community
  • Service and civic engagement
  • Collaboration and networking
  • Diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • Professional development
  • Humanics philosophy
  • Honesty and respect
  • Integrity and ethics
  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Leadership

Sam Zapatka ’13

Alumni Update

Sam Zapatka ’13 hit the ground running at Springfield College. An internship through our sport management major led him down his current career path as a sports specialist for Blaze Sports America, an organization dedicated to changing the lives of individuals with physical disabilities through adaptive sport and recreation. Zapatka also served as technical coordinator with the U.S. Pan American Men’s Volleyball Team at the Pan American Games in 2014 and 2015.