LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville students will gain valuable experience—and college credit—for helping out with logistics and transportation for next month’s World Equestrian Games.
The university’s sport administration department created the class to give students hands-on exposure to the games, which will be held Sept. 25 to Oct. 10 in Lexington. About 30 students have signed up.
“The idea is to give students a chance to get in the trenches and find out what it’s really like to pull off a major sporting event,” said Anita Moorman, a professor who heads the sport administration program.
Moorman said that besides class assignments and lectures, the students will spend several days working at the event. They will help nearly 50 hotels get guests to and from the games, coordinate spectator shuttles at the Kentucky Horse Park, monitor bus dispatch areas, work in a dispatch control room and assist with vehicle and cargo inspections.
UofL designed the class in cooperation with Gameday Management Group, an international company that handles logistics and transportation for major sporting events.
A $25,000 gift from the World Games 2010 Foundation, Inc. is funding the class and related expenses. Part of the money also will be used to fund sport administration’s spring lecture series, a program that brings in alumni and sport industry experts who share perspectives and advice with students.