New Balance Gift to UMass Boston Helps Launch Sports Leadership Program

Last Wednesday, NEC Member UMass Boston announced the launch of a new academic program to train future leaders in the sports industry.  The new program was made possible by a $5 million gift from fellow Council member New Balance.

Starting in the fall of 2018, UMass Boston will accept 25 full-time and 10 part-time students into the program with the goal of increasing the program to a total of 140 students by its fourth year. This program includes courses in management, finance, entrepreneurship, and marketing. A program advisory board will provide mentorship and internship opportunities for students.  The advisory board members include such local sports legends as former New England Patriots linebacker Andre Tippett, and representatives of the Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins, and Celtics.  The program recently received approval from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

“Through this new program, UMass Boston envisions creating pathways for students from all communities to the multi-billion sports industry that looms so large in society and in the imaginations of many young people,” said UMass Boston interim chancellor Barry Mills. This gift from New Balance and its chairman Jim Davis is the largest donation in UMass Boston’s history.

The New England Council looks forward to the new program’s success and commends both UMass Boston and New Balance for their commitment to preparing students for career success. Read more in the Boston Business Journal and the Boston Globe.

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