The NYU-SCPS Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management Announces Sports Business Society Award Winners

Bloomberg Sports and ESPNW Executives Among Honorees

NEW YORK, April 10, 2014 — The Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management of the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS Tisch Center) has announced the recipients of the Seventh Annual NYU Sports Business Society Awards. This special ceremony, sponsored by the Sports Business and Graduate Sports Business Societies of the NYU-SCPS Tisch Center, will be held on Monday, April 28 in the Grand Hall at the NYU Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, 238 Thompson Street, at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s recipients include:

  • Bill Squadron, President of Bloomberg Sports—Executive of the Year
  • Dr. Donna Lopiano, President and Founder of Sports Management Resources—Lalia Rach Profile in Excellence
  • Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation—Lauren Beam Philanthropy Award
  • Laura Gentile, Vice President and Founder of ESPNW—Graduate Sports Business Society Media Award
  • National Basketball Association—Ambassador of the Year
  • Radegen Sports Management—Ambassador of the Year
  • Harrie Bakst, Partner of Weinstein Carnegie Philanthropic Group—Alumnus of the Year

“The recipients honored by our program this year all exemplify the professional qualities to which students aspire,” said Tisch Center Divisional Dean Bjorn Hanson. “All have made valuable contributions to sports organizations and their communities, and have supported the personal and professional development of colleagues and staff.”  

“Each year, I am impressed by the effort the students put into this unique ceremony,” said Wayne G. McDonnell, clinical associate professor of sports management at the Tisch Center. “We are extremely proud to see how the students work with their fellow alumni and industry leaders to learn and grow.”

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About the SBS Awards

The SBS Awards are sponsored by New York University’s Sports Business Society (SBS) and Graduate Sports Business Society (GSBS), student organizations within the NYU-SCPS Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management. SBS and GSBS are designed to create educational, social, philanthropic, and professional opportunities for students. The clubs have hosted a semiannual internship and career fair featuring top sports organizations, mentored students, and developed a series of sports lectures and panel discussions with leading industry professionals. Its members actively serve the community through initiatives such as Relay for Life and Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York. In recognition of its members’ efforts, SBS has received the prestigious NYU President’s Service Award (2005, 2006, 2008 and 2013), which is given to students and organizations that have demonstrated excellence in the area of community service, leadership, and volunteerism.

About the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management

Founded in 1995, the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management of the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies was established in response to the growing need for hospitality and tourism undergraduate and graduate education. In 1999, the Tisch Center identified the increasing interest and need for sports business education and added programs on accordingly.

Hospitality, sports, and tourism are major global economic sectors, and the Tisch Center serves these growing and evolving industries by offering relevant, cutting-edge curricula that attracts bright, motivated students who seek to become leaders in their fields. Through undergraduate degrees in hotel and tourism management and in sports management, graduate degrees and certificates in hospitality industry studies, sports business, and tourism management, a plethora of noncredit programs, and the Center’s world-renowned conferences, the Tisch Center provides students with the tools to enable them to manage change, to communicate, to thrive in complex work environments, and to advance the businesses of hospitality, tourism, and sports. For more information, visit

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies ( is one of NYU's several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School's diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates over 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 28,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses and Diploma Programs. The School's community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit