By Derek Peterson – William Jewell College senior Chris Stathos’ career in Sports Business looks bright. A Business Administration major with a focus in Entrepreneurial Leadership, Stathos has held internship positions will multiple professional sports organizations and was recently selected as one of ten students nationally to receive the inaugural BIG Initiative Award.
The BIG (Build-Inspire-Grow) Initiative is a prestigious award launched in 2013 by the Michigan Sport Business Conference at the University of Michigan. The award acknowledges 10 undergraduate students from across the U.S. that display outstanding skills of leadership and achieved success in the field of Sports Business. Stathos headed to Ann Arbor, Michigan on October 18th to be recognized for the accolade at the BIG awards ceremony.
Stathos credits his grandmother for inspiring him to pursue a career in Sports Business. She worked for the Kansas City Royals organization for 26 years in media relations, providing a networking advantage for Chris. Through her he contacted the Cleveland Indians, and proceeded to intern for the club. Following the Indians, Stathos interned with the Kansas City Chiefs organization during spring 2012. Since then, Chris has held positions with the Cleveland Browns, Sporting Kansas City, and most recently with the NFL in New York. When asked what experiences have helped shape his career thus far, Chris added that the people that have invested in him and his future, along with positive networking and mentors, really pushed him to achieve the successes he has.
On campus, Chris is an involved member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Concert Choir, Cardinal Blazers, and the Pryor Leadership Program. When studies and activities allow, he likes to hang out with friends, go to concerts, and enjoy his time at William Jewell College.