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.
Since he now works directly with the Rampage, Danny is able to enjoy all the Spurs games as a fan, including their fifth NBA title, which they achieved this year by defeating the Miami Heat.
“It was amazing to be a part of such an incredible achievement,” says Danny. “In a way it helped validate my decision to come and work here. It wasn't easy to leave all the friends I made at RMU, or the safety and love of my family, and it still isn't, but in San Antonio I am surrounded by great people who care about my career and want to see me succeed.”
Danny credits his preparation for such a high-level position to his classes and professors at Robert Morris.
"RMU did an excellent job preparing me by teaching me about different aspects of business and the sports industry, by giving me the chance to work with professors with real industry experience, and by giving me the opportunity to network with our expansive and impressive number of sport management alums working in the field.”