Behind the Scenes: Langston Students Take On the Thunder’s Playbook for Success

Langston University students visit The Thunder organization to learn about processes that make The Thunder a world-class organization and the top seed in the NBA Western playoffs.

In an exhilarating blend of education and sportsmanship, over thirty Langston University students had the exclusive opportunity to step into the fast-paced world of professional sports with a career-focused visit to the headquarters of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the freshly crowned No. 1 seed in the NBA’s Western Conference.

As the Thunder gears up for a promising playoff season, Langston University’s School of Business and Communications, Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Departments teamed up for the “Careers in Sports Event with OKC Thunder.” This initiative is part of an ongoing effort to strengthen ties with leading organizations and open new horizons for students.

Professor Ralph Grayson, Chair of the Computer Science and Management Information Systems Departments, spearheaded the event, emphasizing the importance of integrating practical experiences with academic learning. “Our students are not just studying the theory; they are out here, experiencing real-world applications of what we teach,” said Professor Grayson.

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                                                  Chairman Grayson leads a team of student-centered professors.

During the visit, students participated in roundtable discussions, engaged in panel sessions, and enjoyed a comprehensive tour of the Thunder’s arena. They interacted with team executives who discussed various roles within the sports industry, from analytics and event management to health and player development.

Professor Carolyn Ross from the Communications Department highlighted the transformative nature of the experience. “Learning about media relations or sports marketing in a classroom is one thing. It’s another to see those roles in action during the high stakes of NBA playoffs,” she noted.

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 Langston University students get a rare opportunity to network with professionals in The Thunder organization.

The event provided valuable professional insights and showcased the potential career paths available within the sports industry. Both professors intended to foster this budding relationship, ensuring continued student engagement and learning opportunities.

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About Langston University:

Langston University, located in Langston, Oklahoma, is the only historically black college in the state. With a rich heritage of academic excellence, Langston University is dedicated to providing a diverse and inclusive education while fostering innovation, leadership, and community engagement.

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