Sport Management conference makes awards

Posted: Wednesday, 17 April 2013

TROY – Dr. Kenneth Blankenship, executive director of the Central Alabama Sports Commission, has been awarded the Sport Management Lifetime Achievement Award by the Southern Sport Management Association at its conference at Troy University.

The award came on April 11 during the ninth annual Southern Sport Management Conference, and recognizes Blankenship for his significant contributions to the Sport Management industry.

A native of Wetumpka, Blankenship began his career as a coach, teacher and athletic director at schools in Macon County and Selma. He was one of the founders of the Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Scholarship Program, serving as its executive director for 20 years. He served as executive director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association from 1996 until 2004. From 1992 until 1994, he served as Director of Athletics at TROY, successfully leading the University’s transition from Division II to Division I athletics.

Dr. Blankenship completed his undergraduate and master’s programs at TROY, and completed a doctorate in educational administration and supervision from Auburn University.

The Association also honored Dr. David K. Stotlar, of the University of Northern Colorado, with its Sport Management Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award, during a special awards dinner on April 11.

Dr. Stotlar, who teaches sport management and sport marketing, has authored more than 90 professional journal articles and has written more than 50 textbooks and book chapters in the field. He was selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee as a delegate to the International Olympic Academy in Greece and the World University Games Forum in Italy and has served as a venue media center supervisor for the 2002 Olympic Games. Additionally, he has conducted international seminars in sport management and marketing for numerous national and international Olympic meetings.

Among Dr. Stotlar’s contributions to the profession is his service as president of the National American Society for Sport Management, and was an initial NASSM Research Fellow. His a founding member of the Sport Marketing Association.

Three Troy University students also won accolades during the conference. Riley Montgomery, a graduate student from Montgomery, and Jessica Lynch, a graduate student from Oxford, Miss., took home a second-place award for their poster presentation entitled “Measuring the Sponsorship Effectiveness at a Mid-Major Conference Football Program.” Santiago Pinzon, a graduate student from Colombia, earned second-place honors with his oral presentation entitled “An Exploration of the Impacts and Needs of Brand Identity Campaigns within Divisions of the NCAA.”

The Association recognized Dr. Colby Jubenville, a sport management faculty member at Middle Tennessee State University, and Dr. Ben Goss, an association professor of entertainment management at Missouri State University, with service awards.

The conference, which brought together students from more than 24 universities and professionals from throughout the region, concluded Friday, April 12. Sponsors for the conference included TROY’s College of Health and Human Services, Troy Athletics and IMG College.

Dr. Kenneth Blankenship, executive director of the Central Alabama Sports Commission, was presented the Southern Sport Management Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award by Dr. Fred Green, an associate professor of kinesiology and health promotion at TROY, during its ninth annual conference at Troy University. (TROY photo)

Dr. Kenneth Blankenship, executive director of the Central Alabama Sports Commission, provided comments to the Southern Sport Management Association’s annual conference as Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. listens. Blankenship received the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to high school and university athletics. (TROY photo)