CASE Study Program

Program Overview

In 2023, more than 75 students participated in CASE from eight cohorts across Chicago including Cubs RBI, Hansberry College Prep, ITW Speer Academy, Kenwood Academy, Lake View High School, Lindblom Math and Science Academy, Noble Street College Prep and Solorio Academy. Over the course of six weeks, CASE students experienced a multimedia curriculum delivered virtually over 8 sessions. Sessions were be led by subject-matter experts within the sports industry, as well as guest lecturers. From Sales and Service and “Sport for Social Good” to “Sports Analytics” and “Scouting and Player Development”, we tackled a range of topics that will help students navigate the sports industry and their personal and professional development. Like any good student of the game, instructors are also eager to learn from students and address their questions. New this year, CASE led off with an in-person event where students had the opportunity to tour the Cubs front office and meet one-on-one with a Cubs Associate. The Lead-off Event helped students visualize working in sports, begin to build their professional network, and supports the Cubs Charities program continuum goal to strengthen the network of caring adults for youth in Chicago. More than 90 Cubs Associates participated in the event.

The CASE Program formally culminates with student-led group presentations based on a pre-selected area of interest. Students worked alongside their cohort, program coordinators and instructors to finalize presentations. CASE students gave their final presentations at Wrigley Field and celebrated their accomplishments at a Cubs game.


Current and Former Volunteer Instructors

NameTitleSession LedOrganization
Theo EpsteinCASE Founder, On-Field Strategy ConsultantLead-off Session, Working in SportsMLB Commissioner's Office
Scott HarrisCASE Co-Founder, President of Baseball OperationsFounderDetroit Tigers
Meghan JonesCASE Co-Founder, Director, Baseball Operations, Administration and StrategyFounderChicago Cubs
Adrienne Scherenzel-CurryVice President, Community Engagement and Chicago Bulls CharitiesSport for Social GoodChicago Bulls
Alexa RamosManager, Youth ContentMLB Commissioner's Office-Sports Marketing and Youth InitiativesMLB Commissioner's Office
Alicia GonzalezExecutive Director of Cubs Charities Sport for Social GoodChicago Cubs
Andy BlackburnVice President, Partnership DevelopmentSales and ServiceChicago Cubs
Bobby BashamSpecial Assistant, InnovationSports Science and MedicineChicago Cubs
Brian GarzaDirector, Ticket ServiceSales and ServiceChicago Cubs
Bryan GuoAssistant, Baseball OperationsScouting and Player DevelopmentChicago Cubs
Carla SuberTeam Clinician, Chicago BearsHigh PerformanceChicago Cubs
Cassandra HoffmanSenior Program Manager, Giants Community FundSport for Social GoodSan Francisco Giants
Courtney SnyderManager, Construction & PlanningFacilities & Event OpsChicago Cubs
Garrett ChiadoDirector, Pro AnalyticsResearch and DevelopmentChicago Cubs
Holly RaiderClinical Professor of ManagementBusiness EtiquetteKellogg School of Management 
J.A. AdandeDirector of Sports JournalismSports Journalism and CommunicationNorthwestern University 
Jared BannerVice President, Player DevelopmentScouting and Player DevelopmentChicago Cubs
Jaron MadisonSpecial Assistant to the President and General ManagerScouting and Player DevelopmentChicago Cubs
Jasmine HoranAnalyst, Research & Development, Pro PersonnelResearch and DevelopmentChicago Cubs
Jason McLeodSenior Vice President, Player PersonnelScouting and Player DevelopmentChicago Cubs
Jed HoyerPresident of Baseball OperationsResearch and DevelopmentChicago Cubs
Jeff GreenbergAssoc. General ManagerScouting and Player DevelopmentChicago Blackhawks
Jim OboikowitchDirector, Brand and Player Sports MarketingPlayer and Brand Marketing in SportsChicago Cubs
Jon “Boog” SciambiCubs and ESPN announcerSports JournalismChicago Cubs
Josh FarberVice President, Global Brand ManagementSports MarketingMajor League Baseball
Judd IversonAssistant Director, FinanceFinance and Sports AdministrationChicago Cubs
Julia LongHead of Sports Nutrition and Dietetic ServicesHigh PerformanceChicago Cubs
Julian GreenSenior Vice President, CommunicationsCommunications and Media RelationsChicago Cubs
Katie OttolinManager, Premier SalesSales and ServiceChicago Cubs
Kelly KingManager, Graphics/Video ProductionSports MarketingChicago Cubs
Kelly LinstrothSenior Director, MarketingSports MarketingChicago Cubs
Keri BlackwellDeputy Director, Cubs CharitiesSport for Social GoodChicago Cubs
Lauren FrittsVice President, MarketingSports MarketingChicago Cubs
Lindsay BagoSenior Director, CommunicationsCommunicationsChicago Cubs
Lukas McKnightAssistant Director, Amateur ScoutingScouting and Player DevelopmentChicago Cubs
Maria SapienzaAssistant Director, Analysis/PlanningFacilities & Event OperationsChicago Cubs
Matt RomitoSenior Director, Cubs ProductionsSports MarketingChicago Cubs
Mike LufranoExecutive Vice President of Community Affairs and Chief Legal OfficerCorporate Social Responsibility and Civic EngagementChicago Cubs
Mike StrautmanisChief Engagement OfficerCorporate Social Responsibility and Civic EngagementChicago Cubs
Morgan BucciferroSenior Director, Operations and Guest ExperienceFacilities and Event OperationsThe Obama Foundation 
Nicole Bersani ZimmerDirector, Social MediaSports MarketingChicago Bears
PJ MainvilleDirector, Medical ServicesHigh PerformanceChicago Cubs
Robert MontgomeryManager, Special EventsFacilities and Event OpsChicago Cubs
Sam ThrowerManager, Event OperationsFacilities and Event OperationsChicago Cubs
Sarah PadoveManager, Baseball and Softball DevelopmentMLB Commissioner's Office-Sports Marketing and Youth InitiativesMLB Commissioner's Office
Shane WallenHead of Major League Strength and ConditioningHigh PerformanceChicago Cubs
Tony RokitaDirector of Alumni RelationsSports MarketingChicago Bulls
Will BarnardManager, Community EngagementSport for Social GoodChicago Sky Cares Foundation
Vanessa WardManager, HR ProjectsFacilities and Event OperationsChicago Cubs

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Cubs CASE Study Program
Cubs CASE Study Program
Cubs CASE Study Program
Cubs CASE Study Program
Cubs CASE Study Program
Cubs CASE Study Program