Team managers are going above and beyond to impact communities here and abroad.
Everyone knows the parts that make up a sports team – the players, the coaches, and the owners. But, fans often overlook key people that keep things running like a well-oiled machine – the managers. Team managers are integral at every level. They work behind the scenes to support both the players and the coaches in whatever capacity necessary, and they often end up in successful careers in the sports industry.
For some college managers, building their resume and securing a job in sports is the ultimate goal. Drew Boe, former manager at the University of Minnesota, realized that his experience and position could benefit a far greater purpose. After recognizing the opportunity big schools have from their multi-million dollar deals with brands like Nike and Adidas, Boe started Managers on a Mission (MOAM).
MOAM’s mission is to develop leaders at home and abroad through sport and the gospel. It’s a layered approach to international development. First and foremost, their goal is to engage African orphans through sport by providing donated athletic gear and running two-week sports camps. In order to carry out their mission, MOAM organizes trips for managers who want to experience hands-on service in the global south. Lastly, MOAM encourages both the orphans they support and the managers who travel to pursue a life in Christianity.
MOAM partners with the Rafiki Foundation to facilitate trips to its orphanages, and in its four years of existence, twenty student managers have been able to experience the life-changing mission. MOAM also depends heavily on equipment managers at eighty college and twenty professional teams to donate their teams’ excess gear through the Clean Out for a Cause program. Donations are used in two ways: (1) gear is distributed to orphanages during manager-led trips, or (2) gear is sold via eBay for Charity to fund trips and scholarships for MOAM.
MOAM believes that sport is “the most influential platform in our country”, and they are successfully using that platform to change lives. With more and more managers signing up to participate in mission trips and Clean Out for a Cause, MOAM is helping to lift up the next generation who will go on to be influential leaders in the sports industry. By providing managers with a philanthropic experience early on in their careers, MOAM is instilling important values that they will take with them into their next professional roles.
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