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Springfield College, Hall of Fame Present Hoophall Classic Leadership Award

SPRINGFIELD —Springfield College and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame recently presented the third annual Hoophall Classic Leadership Award to Springfield College sport management students Eric Pouliot and Emily Vance. Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame President and Chief Executive Officer John Doleva made the formal presentation during the 2015 Spalding Hoophall Classic at Blake Arena. Both Pouliot and Vance served as head supervisors for the 2015 Hoophall Classic, the leading high school basketball tournament in the country showcasing the nation’s top recruits. As part of their responsibilities, Pouliot and Vance created and developed work schedules for more than 75 student event staff workers and more than 30 student liaisons; created and conducted training sessions for volunteers of the event; collaborated with Springfield College Office of Conferences & Special Events, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and ESPN to ensure schedules of events; and supervised all event operations during the five-day tournament. Pouliot is a member of the Springfield College Sport Management Club. In 2014, he worked as a supervisor during the Hoophall Classic, helping to direct in-game operations and operational procedures. Along with working toward a degree in sport management, Pouliot also has a double minor in business management and economics. He is a member of the Springfield College Business Club, and also works on the campus as a student assistant for the Springfield College Office of Conferences & Special Events. Currently a dean’s list student, Pouliot continues to volunteer for the Special Olympics assisting basketball teams with scheduling and coaching. Vance is the president of the Springfield College Sport Management Club. She recently served as the club’s director of social media and marketing preparing agendas for all executive board meetings, and ensuring that on-campus events were being promoted using all social media outlets. In 2014, Vance worked as a supervisor for the Hoophall Classic, and served as head supervisor for the Junior Hoophall Classic. Currently a dean’s list student, Vance remains an office assistant in the Sport Management and Recreation Department, assisting faculty members with marketing tools for prospective students. Vance maintains a minor in business management and has volunteered at events for the Special Olympics and the Doug Flutie Foundation. The Hoophall Classic Leadership Award is presented annually to both a male and female junior majoring in sport management who has demonstrated a combination of service to Springfield College, the Hoophall Classic, and who has maintained a successful grade point average. Each recipient is awarded a $2,500 scholarship to be used during their senior year at Springfield College.

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