CASE Study Program

CASE stands for Careers As Sports Executives. The CASE Study Program is a sports executive study program for high school students who are interested in sports – and perhaps careers in sports – but who would otherwise not have the opportunity to get the training, experience and tutelage to pursue entry-level jobs in sports.

Like you, we’re passionate about sports, as a pastime and a profession. Its power is undeniable. Sport has the unique ability to unite, inspire and instill valuable lessons that extend far beyond the field, court or rink. The CASE Study Program will help students build professional sports knowledge and network by providing relevant instruction and actionable insights. Together, we explore all the sports industry has to offer as students consider pursuing their passion as a career.

Program Overview

In 2022, more than 60 students participated in CASE from six cohorts across Chicago including ITW Speer Academy, Kenwood Academy, Lake View High School, Lindblom Math and Science Academy, LINK Unlimited Scholars 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.

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 then attended a Cubs game.

Testimonials

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 Operations FounderDetroit Tigers
Meghan Jones CASE Co-Founder, Director, Baseball Operations, Administration and Strategy FounderChicago Cubs
Adrienne Scherenzel-CurryVice President, Community Engagement and Chicago Bulls CharitiesSport for Social Good Chicago Bulls
Alexa Ramos Manager, Youth Content MLB Commissoner's Office-Sports Marketing and Youth Initiatives MLB Commissioner's Office
Alicia Gonzalez Executive Director of Cubs Charities and Director of Community Affairs Sport for Social Good Chicago Cubs
Andy BlackburnVice President, Partnership Development Sales and Service Chicago Cubs
Bobby Basham Special Assistant, Innovation Sports Science and Medicine Chicago Cubs
Brian GarzaDirector, Ticket Service Sales and Service Chicago Cubs
Bryan GuoAssistant, Baseball Operations Scouting and Player Development Chicago Cubs
Cassandra Hoffman Senior Program Manager, Giants Community Fund Sport for Social Good San Francisco Giants
Garrett ChiadoDirector, Pro Analytics Research and Development Chicago Cubs
Holly Raider Clinical Professor of ManagementBusiness Etiquette Kellogg School of Management 
J.A. Adande Director of Sports JournalismSports Journalism and Communication Northwestern University 
Jared BannerVice President, Player Development Scouting and Player Development Chicago Cubs
Jaron Madison Special Assistant to the President and General Manager Scouting and Player Development Chicago Cubs
Jasmine Horan Analyst, Research & Development, Pro Personnel Research and Development Chicago Cubs
Jason McLeod Senior Vice President, Player Personnel Scouting and Player Development Chicago Cubs
Jed Hoyer President of Baseball Operations Research and Development Chicago Cubs
Jim OboikowitchDirector, Brand and Player sports Sports Marketing Player and Brand Marketing in SportsChicago Cubs
Judd IversonAssistant Director, Finance Finance and Sports Administration Chicago Cubs
Julia Long Head of Sports Nutrition and Dietetic Services High Performance Chicago Cubs
Julian Green Senior Vice President, Communications Sports Journalism and Communication Chicago Cubs
Kelly King Manager, Graphics/Video Production Sports Marketing Chicago Cubs
Kelly LinstrothSenior Director, Marketing Sports Marketing Chicago Cubs
Keri Blackwell Deputy Director, Cubs CharitiesSport for Social Good Chicago Cubs
Lauren Fritts Vice President, Marketing Sports Marketing Chicago Cubs
Lindsay Bago Senior Director, Communications Communications Chicago Cubs
Lukas McKnight Assistant Director, Amateur Scouting Scouting and Player Development Chicago Cubs
Matt RomitoSenior Director, Cubs Productions Sports Marketing Chicago Cubs
Mike Lufrano Executive Vice President of Community Affairs and Chief Legal Officer Corporate Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement Chicago Cubs
Mike Strautmanis Chief Engagement Officer Corporate Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement The Obama Foundation 
Morgan Bucciferro Senior Director, Operations and Guest ExperienceFacilities and Event OperationsChicago Cubs
Sam ThrowerManager, Event Operations Facilities and Event OperationsChicago Cubs
Sarah Padove Manager, Baseball and Softball Development MLB Commissoner's Office-Sports Marketing and Youth InitiativesMLB Commissioner's Office
Shane Wallen Head of Major League Strength and Conditioning High Performance Chicago Cubs
Tony Rokita Director of Alumni Relations Sports Marketing Chicago Bulls
Vanessa Ward Manager, HR Projects Facilities and Event OperationsChicago Cubs

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