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  • Trail Joins Top Athletes to Promote Academic Achievement

    May 19, 2011

    Professor GalenTrail, director of the Master of Sport Administration and Leadership program, joins top basketball athletes to promote non-violence and academic achievement as part of the three-day RIP the Cut Memorial Basketball Tournament held over Memorial Day weekend. Trail will address “Opportunities Beyond the Court/Field” at the Sports Careers Expo, scheduled for 1 p.m. on May 28 at Cleveland High School. The presentation is part of the Career Resources Fair which runs from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and showcasescareer and business opportunities in the robust multibillion-dollar sports industry.

    “This is an excellent way to promote the value of academic achievement and attending college for young adults interested in sports,” Trail said. “That’s a key message during this entire weekend.” 

    The three-day Rip the Cut Memorial Basketball Tournament features players from around the city, including NBA players Nate Robinson, Brandon Roy, Shawn Kemp, Jamal Crawford, Terrence Williams, Aaron Brooks, Martell Webster, Spencer Hawes, and others. The tournament features Seattle's top basketball talent playing to promote non-violence in honor of Rahsaan Phillips, a popular Central District barber and Garfield Community Center volunteer who was a victim of gun violence in 1998 at the age of 25.  Money raised from the event is donated to charitable causes.

    Trail received his Ph.D. from Ohio State and has been a consultant for professional teams, including the Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies, Seattle Storm, and Baltimore Orioles, as well as for many NCAA Division I athletic departments. He joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2008.

    The Master in Sport Administration and Leadership, one of seven advanced degree programs in the College of Arts and Sciences,  prepares students for leadership positions in the sports industry.

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