Fritz Polite News

Students Head to Kentucky Derby to Work Behind the Scenes

For the second year in a row, a group of UT students are going to the Kentucky Derby to work behind the scenes. Members of Team UT will leave May 2 and will work a pre-Derby event on Friday and the main event on Saturday. They will return May 5. The group, in partnership with M Group Scenic Studios of Arizona, will assist with hospitality, quality control, and facility/event management of one of the largest sporting events in the world. Team UT also has worked at seven Super Bowls, including this year’s event in New Orleans.

TEAM UT Students Heading to New Orleans to Work at Super Bowl XLVII

As the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens battle it out on the field, a team of UT students will be behind the scenes at the NFL’s Super Bowl XLVII preparing special events and working VIP hospitality suites. TEAM UT, which includes fifteen undergraduate and graduate students and three faculty members, will work directly with M Group Scenic Studios, the Super Bowl event planner, at the February 3 game.

Elite South Korean Athletes Train at UT to Become Global Sports Ambassadors


Nineteen elite South Korean athletes—from Olympic gold medalists to world champions—will spend the next few months at UT learning skills to become coaches and international sports ambassadors. The retired athletes also will improve their English language, learn sports marketing, pick up coaching techniques, and work in their area of athletic expertise as part of the Next Generation Sports Talent program.

UT Students to Work Behind the Scenes at Kentucky Derby

For the first time, a team of UT students will be working behind the scenes at the Kentucky Derby and will manage the hospitality suite for the event’s elite guests. The group leaves on Thursday, May 3, and returns Sunday, May 6.The students received an invitation to help with the Derby after its officials learned of their work with the Super Bowl, said Fritz Polite, clinical professor of sport management and director and founder of the Institute for Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity.

UT Students to Gain Work Experience at Super Bowl XLVI

A group of UT Knoxville students and one faculty member will help prepare special events and conduct other behind-the-scenes work at this year’s NFL Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, Indiana. TEAM UT, a mix of undergraduate and graduate students, will work directly with the Indianapolis Host Super Bowl XLVI Committee for the February 5 event.

UT, Korean University Sign Memorandum

UT Knoxville and Dong-A University in Busan, South Korea, have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on student and faculty exchanges, joint research activities, and other programs. The agreement was signed Monday by Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek and officials from Dong-A University.

UT Student Spearheads Calculator Donation to Knox County School

A year ago, after learning that many high schools were desperate for high-end math and science calculators, UT Knoxville physics senior George Duffy began collecting them one by one. Along the way, he met professor Fritz G. Polite, director of the Institute for Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity. On Wednesday, the collection project—dubbed Calculators to Classrooms—donated twenty-five graphing calculators and fifteen scientific calculators to the Paul L. Kelly Academy.

UT Teams Up with Former Lady Vol, WNBA Star to Help At-risk Students

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and WNBA star and former Lady Vol Tamika Catchings are teaming up to help at-risk high school students in Knoxville. The collaboration was announced today at a press conference at UT. Catchings began Catch the Stars Foundation in 2004 to empower youth to achieve their dreams by providing goal-setting programs that promote literacy, fitness and mentoring.

TEAM UT Students Heading to Miami to Work at Pro Bowl and Super Bowl

Six students and one faculty member from UT Knoxville head to Miami this weekend to work behind the scenes at the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIV. The students, all of whom want careers in sport management or journalism, will spend 10 days learning how a large-scale sporting event is prepared and carried out by working directly with the National Football League at various Pro Bowl and Super Bowl events.