If you go to any Indiana University athletic event during your time on campus, chances are you will find members of IU’s Student Athletic Board (SAB) in attendance. Whether it be a volleyball match versus Purdue, a men’s soccer game against Louisville or a basketball game versus Illinois, SAB will be there to support the team and create the best environment in college sports.
Founded in 1956 by University President Herman B. Wells and Athletic Director Frank Allen, SAB is the link between IU Athletics and the student body. As “The Spirit Behind IU Athletics,” SAB provides students the opportunity to become an active part of the planning and organizing of athletic events.
Everyone in SAB, from mass members to the executive board, is a volunteer with a passion for IU sports and student involvement. Opportunities to volunteer with SAB are available nearly every week throughout the school year. From running a flag down the field after goals at soccer games to throwing t-shirts to the crowd at basketball games, getting involved with SAB gives students the most chances to experience IU athletics from a unique perspective.
In my personal experience, getting involved with SAB has been one of the better choices I have made since coming to Bloomington. Not only have I gotten a closer look at one of the nation’s best athletic programs, but I have met dozens of fellow students and professionals that share the same passion for IU sports and student involvement. Volunteering with SAB can also be a great addition to your résumé, especially for Sport Marketing and Management majors.
Although the callout meeting for this year has already passed, do not fret! There are still a host of opportunities throughout the remainder of the school year. My recommendation is to get involved as early as possible in your time at IU. Once you acquire enough volunteer hours as a mass member, you will get the chance to become one of the leaders in SAB as a chair or director. If you are interested in joining Student Athletic Board and helping out at athletic events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.indiana.edu/~sab.
Brandon Jones is a junior at IU majoring in Sports Marketing and Management with minors in Business and Spanish. He one day hopes to work for a professional sports organization in either marketing or communications. He also works with IU Student Athletic Board as Chair of Alumni Relations, Men’s Soccer and Men’s Basketball.
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