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Spurs organization launches their own talent academy

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College students and postgraduates can now get in on the ground floor

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Spurs Sports & Entertainment is launching leadership and development programs aimed at shaping collegiate level students into the professional world.

The Talent Academy, with two distinct programs for college students and postgraduates., will quip young professionals with the knowledge, experience and mentoring relationships to help them become early leaders in their careers. Designed as part of SS&E’s long-term strategic vision to foster championship teams, the program includes elite business teams that are values based and culture focused.

“We have a responsibility to help cultivate and support tomorrow’s promising young leaders,” said Laural Logan-Fain, AVP of People Operations for SS&E. “For many students, this past year was one of uncertainty due to the pandemic. We hope this elite program will help carve out a pathway that will help set these students up to be valuable contributors early in their careers, possibly even with our organization.”

There will be a Professional Internship program as well as an Associate’s program. The Professional Internship program will offer insight into the business of professional sports to enrolled college or technical school students through an immersive learning environment. The 10-month rotational program delves behind-the-scenes at the operations for NBA and USL franchises and professional event management. Students will be assigned to a business unit of focus based on their areas of interest, experience and academic achievement.

The Associate’s program offers up to two-years for post graduate degree candidates. Year one is extremely focused on developing skills for success in the sports industry. If granted, the second year shifts toward leadership focused on training and opportunities to contribute to a fast-paced, values-based and goal-oriented culture.

In its inaugural year, candidates chosen for the Associate’s program will be assigned to one of the following business unit leaders:

  • Lori Warren, EVP Corporate Finance and Strategy
  • Brandon Gayle, EVP Brand, Revenue and Communication
  • Bobby Perez, EVP and General Counsel
  • RC Buford, CEO

Applications are being accepted for both programs. Final selections are expected to be made by end of May 2021, with the positions starting August 2021. To learn more about these opportunities and see the required qualifications, visit SS&E Talent Academy.


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