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The most valuable lesson learned from our 15-year association with UPenn’s Wharton School is that a team of bright and motivated students will solve problems much more efficiently than any multi-degreed bureaucracy.
During the 2018-2019 academic year, I had the privilege of meeting Claire, McMahon, an education major and member of the Nova Southeastern University women’s basketball team. In our several talks, Claire shared how it isn’t always fun to go out and play to a near-empty arena. This made me wonder why so few people go to the women’s games.
I have never been much of a basketball fan but I started attending the games and not just the home games, also traveling to see the away games. It is true, the arenas are embarrassingly empty and the few people that I did see, were there at most every game.
The people that attend these games generally know one or more of the players or are associated with the athletic program in some way.
- Have students or kids from local schools interview players – create short videos to be shown on the big screen
- Sock Signing
- Have local schools create Youtube commercials for the team to be judged and awarded
- Create an RC car race tournament for halftime entertainment – have a car dealership sponsor it
- Students have reported a willingness to show up if they are fed.
- Some sort of recognition program for students that already show up
This is Claire – and below the happy personal pictures, you can see the stands at several different games!
We need to find a way to fix this – the games are great, they are a lot of fun!