A native of Hauppauge, N.Y., Danny Bonaventura '13 knew that RMU had a well-respected sport management program and a NCAA Division I football team. And after a visit to campus, he was sure that RMU was the place for him.
"I got a great feel for the family environment that exists among the RMU community, and I fell in love with the campus immediately."
Danny graduated in May and was a sport management major and a defensive back for the RMU Colonials football team. He was a recipient of an RMU Merit Scholarship, the Patriot Scholarship as a member of the Honors College, the David Synowka Endowed Sport Management Scholarship, and a scholarship that accompanied his Sport Management Student of the Year award (2011-12). He was also a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Athletes in Action, and the Sport Management Association, which he served as president during his senior year.
Upon graduation, Danny got a job as a new business consultant with Spurs Sports and Entertainment in San Antonio, selling season ticket plans and group tickets for all three of their franchises: the Spurs (NBA), the Silverstars (WNBA), and the Rampage (AHL Hockey). After just eight months with the franchise, Danny was promoted to Rampage Sales Representative, overseeing season and group tickets for the hockey team.
In June of 2015, he chose to step out of the sports business and back into the classroom. Danny is currently a graduate assistant for Academic Services for Student-Athletes and gaining his master’s in social work at Tulane University in New Orleans. He aspires to be an academic advisor for student-athletes.
“I felt like this was a passion of mine and could make more of an impact,” he says.
He teaches student-athletes about life skills in his Athlete Essentials 101 class as well as hosts career fairs and other programming. Danny notes that the new football coach recruits local talent from inner city New Orleans. These students don't fit the traditional Tulane profile, so Danny is able to apply his coursework and take these student-athletes under his wing, helping them transition into a college atmosphere.
Danny credits his preparation for such high-level positions to his classes and professors at Robert Morris. He wrote a thesis paper at RMU on best practices for academic services for athletes in the Northeast Conference. “I am able to use the business skills I learned at RMU, like interviewing and making a resume, and teach them to these student-athletes.”