Wolves Host Business Club Day

Last Thursday, the Minnesota Timberwolves held their seventh annual Business Club Day, inviting high school classes from across Minnesota to learn firsthand what it takes to work in the sports industry.

Many students only see the product on the court, but there’s much more to it.

“It’s hard work, it’s long hours. You know, even when I started working here, I never realized what the back office looked like,” said Director of Digital Media Bob Stanke, who spoke at the event for the second consecutive year. “So, yeah, there’s a lot of hard work, there’s a lot of long hours to be put in, but it’s well worth it.”

Stanke, along with Timberwolves President Chris Wright, President of Basketball of Operations Flip Saunders and others, spoke to nearly 500 students from as south as Rochester and as far north as Forest Lake.

The event was helped organized by Account Representative Mickey Kirk. Kirk said his team started planning the event back in August and noted that for a lot of reasons, sports is attractive to many students, but they aren't educated on what possibilities are out there.

“I think for a lot of kids, sports is interesting,” Kirk said. “They are passionate about it, but they are not aware of all the opportunities and different positions that are available, we are trying to give them some insight into the organization and hopefully show some career paths they can take.”

There were 22 schools total that attended the event: Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Brooklyn Center, Centennial High School, Champlin Park, Forest Lake, Kimball, Le Sueur Henderson, May High School, Medford, Memorial High, Montevideo, Mound Westonka, New Life Academy Park Center, Richfield, Robbinsdale Cooper, RTR, Shakopee, Titino Grace, Triton and Windom Area.

For the first time, the Wolves social media team set up camp at the event and used the hashtag "#TWBC13" to get students to interact during the event. While there were a few jokes out there, many students had questions that were either answered in the presentations throughout the day, or answer via Twitter by Social Media Coordinator Bridget Anderson.

“The students seemed to enjoy the hashtag we created for the event,” Anderson said. “They were able to submit questions and express their interest in the speakers.”

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.

“It’s exciting because when I look out there when I’m talking, I know that probably at least a few of them are going to come into sports because of an event like this that’s going to perk their interest,” Stanke said. “… They are going to come in and be the next generation of people who are going to be leading organizations like ours.”

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