Wolves Host Business Club Day
The Minnesota Timberwolves held their annual Business Club Day, inviting high school classes from across Minnesota and Wisconsin to learn firsthand what it takes to work in the sports industry.
Leaders from across different departments within the Wolves’ organization, from President Chris Wright to Vice President of Fan Experience Jeff Munneke, talked at the event and shared insight into what they do on a day to day basis.
“We give them exposure into the sports and entertainment industry,” Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications Ted Johnson said. “And we bring in executives and leaders throughout the company to speak to them and give them a little insight into what it’s like to work for a professional sports franchise or major arena.”
Classes from within the metro area and around the region spent the morning at Target Center, and teachers like Phil Meitner said it was a practical change of pace from regular classroom activities.
Meitner, a business and economics teacher at West Lutheran High School in Plymouth, said it gives students perspective on what it takes to be part of the business world.
“In a classroom it’s an everyday thing, and to do something outside the box thinking like this is purely beneficial because this is where it’s at,” Meitner said. “The life experience, it’s great to get to talk to people, network, because that’s a skill that is going by the wayside I think in the business area. That can definitely give a leg up on competition as a lot of these speakers have eloquently said.”
The Timberwolves value giving the next generation a chance to see all the facets of a professional sports organization. It’s not just a roster of players and a group of coaches on the court, but there is a network of more than 100 people in the front office—from marketing and communications to tickets and fan experience—that work together each day to provide the atmosphere fans have come to know on game night.
Wright said the important part of the day is to let kids know that it’s possible to follow your dreams. If you aspire to work in sports, there are different areas for people with different skill sets that are part of the organization.
“It opens a lot of peoples’ eyes when you tell young men and women that you’re a high school student today, you don’t know where you’re going to be in 20, 30, 40 years down the road,” Wright said. “But if you have a passion for what you do every single day, and you work hard, and you’re loyal to an organization, good things can happen. And that’s the story I try to tell. You have to aspire to what you want to be, know what you want to be, and then set down a path and good things can happen if you work hard.”
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