Sports business pathway comes to Arvada High next year

Pathway is one of three that will be available to students in the fall

Posted 1/28/19

After high school, 3-5 percent of students athletes go on to play collegiately. Of those, 1 percent will earn a pro ranking. But sports is a multi-billion dollar industry with a variety of …

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Sports business pathway comes to Arvada High next year

Pathway is one of three that will be available to students in the fall

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After high school, 3-5 percent of students athletes go on to play collegiately. Of those, 1 percent will earn a pro ranking. But sports is a multi-billion dollar industry with a variety of professions former athletes and sports enthusiasts can thrive in. That’s something Arvada High wants to tap in to.

Starting this fall, Arvada will implement a sports business pathway — the first of its kind at a high school. The curriculum will include classes in sports journalism and broadcasting, sports management, sports marketing, sports medicine and coaching. The model integrates guest speakers in various professional fields as well as internships.

“Arvada is excited to be the first Jeffco school to offer the Sports Business Pathway,” said Arvada High Principal Gina Rivas. “It is an exciting introduction into a multi-billion dollar industry with endless opportunities. This unique pathway gives students a chance to explore an industry that works behind the scenes to make teams successful.”

Dan Quaratino, assistant principal and athletic director at Arvada High, said he also hopes the program will help attract students the school is loosing to other schools and pathways. Arvada High seats around 2,000 students, with a current enrollment of 800. The school also has a high portion of low income students, with a free and reduced lunch rate of 64 percent. 

“We want to say to them re-think Arvada and I want to make this a first class place to come to,” Quaratino said. “This is very unique and this gives our kids and our school a unique opportunity not just for low income students, but it gives everybody an opportunity.”

Long-time Arvada resident and sports caster Mark McIntosh has been working alongside Quaratino to bring the sports pathway to life.

“So many kids, especially those growing up in poverty think sports is their ticket out and we’re going to teach them that the business side of athletics is their ticket out,” McIntosh said. “There’s so much going on besides the action on the field.”

McIntosh and Quaratino said that hands-on, real life experiences and interaction with professionals will be key to this pathway, including students attending things like Business Day with the Colorado Rockies. Another goal is to connect students with college programs.

The sports business pathway will be one of three pathways new to Arvada High next year. A STEM pathway will include health science, computer science, engineering and STEM lab; and an arts and humanities pathway will include culinary arts, visual arts and design, pathways to teaching, journalism and performing arts.

These will be the first pathways available to students at Arvada High.

“We’re rebranding the way a kid can come to school,” Quaratino said.

Students in all pathways will be required to complete a 25-hour service learning project during their 9th or 10th grade year and a 75-hour internship during their junior or senior year.

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