Harlem Globetrotters star Mia Hopkins provides internship to Lackawanna College student
SCRANTON, PA (October 19, 2022) – For a sports fan, what could be cooler than working with a Harlem Globetrotter?
Lackawanna College sports management student Tanaya Frazier actually landed an internship with Globetrotters star Mia “Mighty” Hopkins, and the Selinsgrove, PA resident is thrilled. It all began when Hopkins – a native of Pittson, PA – reached out to the Scranton, PA-based college seeking a dedicated, hard-working intern.
“It was crucial for me to find someone who not only wanted to help my brand succeed but also someone willing to learn,” says Hopkins, who wanted a student who could help support the website for her “STARMIA” clothing line. “As my brand grows, it’s hard to run all my social media by myself, so being able to share some of the work is a win for both of us.”
Frazier’s responsibilities consist of video-conferencing weekly with Hopkins and, in addition to helping manage the “STARMIA” online site, developing and posting social media content both for the brand and Mia herself.
“I enjoy that Lackawanna College is a small school – that makes it particularly student-oriented,” says Frazier, who attends her college’s Sunbury location. “Professors are eager to help both in and outside the classroom, and this support was a vital factor in my being able to land this opportunity with a Harlem Globetrotter.”
Prior to attending Lackawanna College, Frazier was a political science major at another school. But in the midst of the pandemic she decided to switch to sports management and transfer to Lackawanna College, where her sister Tatiyana had previously taken classes.
“The pandemic caused me to lose motivation, so I took a step back and decided to try something different,” Frazier explains. “I come from a sports family, so I thought studying sports management could be the right step.”
Dance, cheerleading, basketball, and also track & field all were part of Frazier’s youth. In addition, she’s currently gaining further experience with social media management by running an employer’s social media feeds, as well as her own.
The Lackawanna College sports management program offers a variety of courses, including Sports in American Society, Sports Reporting, managerial accounting, ethics of sports management, sports leadership, and sports facilities/event management. After graduation, possible career paths include business management, promotions, or even working in the athletic department of a college or university.
Local, affordable and career focused, that’s Lackawanna College.
“We’re proud to be local affordable, and career-focused – and to prove that just because you’re in central Pennsylvania, it doesn’t mean you don’t have access to great opportunities” says Philip Campbell, director of Lackawanna College’s Sunbury Center.