CHIRP CHIRP: TinCaps & Ball State Continue Partnership
FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Minor League Baseball is all about development. That applies not only to the players on the field, but on the front office side as well. With that mission in mind, the Fort Wayne TinCaps annually have partnered with Ball State University's Sports Administration Program. The program
FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Minor League Baseball is all about development. That applies not only to the players on the field, but on the front office side as well.
With that mission in mind, the Fort Wayne TinCaps annually have partnered with Ball State University's Sports Administration Program. The program actually predates the TinCaps era, going back to 2008, when the team was known as the Fort Wayne Wizards. In a mutually beneficial program, BSU students gain real-world experience by making sales calls to TinCaps fans who've attended games in the past.
For students, it's an immersive learning project that can't be replicated in a regular classroom setting. At the same time, for the TinCaps, the partnership enables the team to keep contact with hundreds of fans during the off-season.
"Many sport administration graduates don't have the opportunity to make any real sales calls until they're in their first job out of college," said Kade Zvokel, TinCaps Director of Ticketing. "This partnership with Ball State gives students a head start in experience while still in school."
As part of their professional development, students taking "Revenue Generation in Sport" also benefit from the chance to network with TinCaps full-time staff members. Over the years, the program has led to several students earning internships with the team and in some cases, even full-time employment.
The 2023 program kicked off on Jan. 20, when this year's class traveled from Muncie to Parkview Field. Professor Eric Klosterman's group toured the award-winning ballpark and also received training from Zvokel and TinCaps Assistant Director of Ticketing Blaine Jerome. Over the course of the spring semester, members of the TinCaps Ticket Office and Ticket Account Management staff will visit the class on campus in Muncie for additional training and oversight.
Today we welcome some cardinals to Parkview Field! 👌— Fort Wayne TinCaps (@TinCaps) January 20, 2023
We're once again partnering with the @BallState Sports Administration Program.
The students gain real-world experience by making calls, connecting with fans who've attended our games in the past. pic.twitter.com/m7gG1XErS7
"We truly appreciate the chance to team up with the TinCaps," said Klosterman, Ball State's Assistant Lecturer of Sport Administration and Coordinator of Undergraduate Sport Administration Program. "It's an invaluable experience for our students to work with a professional organization. That the TinCaps are a first-class operation and one of the top franchises in all of minor league sports just makes it that much more impactful. TinCaps staff members go out of their way to make sure this is a meaningful experience for students."
The TinCaps' full-time staff of 34 currently features eight Ball State alums, not to mention interns and seasonal, part-time team members.
"We're grateful to have this partnership with Ball State," TinCaps President Mike Nutter said. "Just about everyone working in this industry had guidance from professionals at some point as they were coming up. We're glad to be able to pay it forward to BSU's students and we appreciate the help they're providing us in return. It's a credit to everyone involved in the program that it has produced interns and full-time employees for us in the past and we hope that trend continues for many years to come."
The TinCaps open their 2023 season at Parkview Field on Tuesday, April 11 (6:35 p.m.) against the Cleveland Guardians-affiliated Lake County Captains. Season ticket plans and group outings are currently on sale. Single game tickets will go on sale in February.