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Fairleigh Dickinson-Yeshiva Program to Offer Sports Administration Course

The FDU-Yeshiva Program announced its Spring 2016 schedule, with a wide range of classes offered at the Jewish Center of Teaneck beginning Sunday, January 10, and ending 12 weeks later on Thursday, March 31. Classes are conveniently offered one day a week, Sunday through Thursday, in the afternoon, evening and online. Yeshiva students who wish to complete their FDU bachelor’s degree in only one year can easily do so by transferring their yeshiva credits, taking CLEP and other exams, and completing only 30 credits at FDU.

The innovative scheduling also includes the popular bein hazmanim; 11 days of classes are held during Sukkot break, Pesach break and Chodesh Av break.

For the first time, a class in sports administration will be given by FDU-Yeshiva Program Director Ira Jaskoll in spring 2016. This comes at a time when many other schools have dropped their sports management courses in the spring. FDU will offer both a minor and masters in sports administration.

Jaskoll has consulted with the New York Yankees and established and marketed the first Kosher Baseball Fantasy Camp, as well as their first Jewish Recognition Day. He also consulted with the Newark Bears, the Rockland Boulders, the Brooklyn Cyclones and the Long Island Ducks with regard to enhancing their Jewish Heritage Day events. He has been asked to help the Bridgeport Bluefish, the Hudson Valley Renegades and the Staten Island Yankees.

He also recently helped the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team promote their game at Madison Square Garden against the Italian team, and attended the Brooklyn Nets Chanukah Jewish Heritage Night at the Barclays Center. He has spoken about creating a Jewish heritage night with the Knicks and with the Devils. Many of the professional sports teams do not have staff members who have the expertise and contacts to create a successful Jewish sports event. The hope is that graduates of the FDU-Yeshiva Program, after taking the sports administration courses, will develop these skills.

In the sports administration class, there will be many speakers, field trips and real-life projects. It is anticipated that students will receive offers from these speakers to become interns, which is the important first step for a career in sports management and marketing. Frum Jews will speak about their career paths entering and succeeding in the sports field, and serve as role models for the students. In addition, other careers in sports such as being a yeshiva school sports administrator and camp sports administrator will be discussed.

Students interested in attending the sports administration course and the many other FDU-Yeshiva courses should contact www.fdu.edu/yeshiva, [email protected], [email protected] or call (201)692-2746.

By Ira Jaskoll, Director, FDU-Yeshiva Program

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