The CSRI’s annual conference was held at the University of South Carolina. The competition consisted of a paper and a presentation, both worth 50 possible points. The team of WCU students missed first place by less than one point.
This year, the team added a fifth student to shadow the process as an understudy, said Kadence Otto, associate professor of sport management. “This proved to be a good idea as the student was able to learn the ropes and understand the process and intensity of the competition,” said Otto.
The team began working in early March and presented the week of April 21-24. Team members submitted a grant proposal to the WCU Honors College and received $1,600 in funding. During the entire process, Otto used a quote from Normann Lamm, an Orthodox rabbi, to inspire her team, saying, “The achievement of excellence requires great effort, much planning and even more time. But in the long run, mediocrity costs more, drains your energy and wastes even more time than it takes to do things right.”
The students who served on this year’s team are Liberty Cozart from Salisbury, Daniel Crenshaw from Winston-Salem, Brett Dalton from Wake Forest, Allan Leone from Mount Holly and Anthony Minnicozzi from Jackson Springs.