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February 08, 2018

Students Timothy Major and Lane Sulzer watch Saucony professionals on a tour of the facility

Sport management students Timothy Major '18 and Lane Sulzer '19 were recently awarded the department's M. Perry Chapman Community Service and Scholarship award, sponsored by local athletic shoe manufacturer, Saucony.

Created by Assistant Professor of Sport Management Daniel Sargeant in 2016 to increase student engagement in community service and academic scholarship, students are invited to apply each year and to highlight their commitment to these areas. Sargeant facilitated the connection to Saucony, a division of Wolverine Worldwide in Waltham, Massachuetts, to add an element of industry exposure for the winning students. In addition to prize money, the company provides a tour of their facility for the recipients.

"On the tour, they get to ask questions of the people working there and make real world connections between their classroom learning and an actual industry setting," said Sargeant.

The tour exposes students to sport management professionals in design, marketing, and production, and also gives students the chance to create a customized sneaker with Saucony professionals.

Major heard about the award during his junior year but chose to wait until this fall to apply.

"I finally felt like I had become a more well-rounded student and person, which gave me a better chance to win," he said.

According to Sargeant, Major's contributions in running an indoor intramural soccer program and his frequent support of sport management department events set him apart from his peers. Sulzer was chosen for his outreach with a local Boys and Girls Club and his facilitation of Lasell's Sport Management Day, a career-focused, annual event where industry professionals come to campus. This was Sulzer's second year receiving the award.

Students interested in applying for the M. Perry Chapman Community Service and Scholarship award are encouraged to connect with the sport management department about future deadlines.

Award winners Timothy Major and Lane Sulzer