On April 9th, the Sport Management program organized a highly anticipated Leadership Summit centred around the theme "TEAM" (Together Everyone Achieves More). This event proved to be a resounding success, as Sport Management students took the initiative to host the summit, providing an enriching experience for third-year Sport Management Research Case Study students.
The focal point of the summit was the presentation of the students' meticulously prepared case studies to their peers, faculty members, and prominent figures from the industry. The research topic was Creating equitable sport programs for Indigenous youth athletes. As part of their assignment, the students were required to develop and present a sport program in collaboration with MLSE LaunchPad.
MLSE LaunchPad, renowned for its publication of Change the Game 2.0, an influential study highlighting gaps within the Ontario sport system, invited the Research Case Study students to their office. The students were granted the privilege of observing MLSE LaunchPad's day-to-day operations and witnessing firsthand a typical day at the organization. This experience left them feeling empowered and motivated.
MLSE LaunchPad has been instrumental in serving the Toronto community by inviting all youth to participate in sports and recognizing the positive impact it has on mental health and physical literacy. The students collaborated closely with MLSE LaunchPad employees, engaging in meaningful discussions and seeking valuable insights to assist with their case study.
Following a selection process, the top five groups were chosen to showcase their work at the Leadership Summit, aptly titled TEAM Day. Notably, the judging panel featured Kendra Kerr from MLSE Foundation, Humber's Indigenous Education & Engagement Manager, Quazance Boissoneau, and Gabby Radulescu, an accomplished Sport Management alumna who volunteered to be a speaker for the second half of the day's events, which consisted of a compelling speakers series.
The Leadership Summit proved to be an inspirational occasion for students to connect with industry leaders, delve into the realm of Indigenous sports, and build relationships with their peers.