Doctoral Students

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Nnecka Arinze

Nneka is a second-year doctoral student in Sport Management. Prior she received her Bachelor’s from the University of Georgia and a Master’s from the University of Florida, both in Sport Management. Her experiences working with youth in underserved have led her to desire to find ways to make sport best serve those populations. During her time at UConn, she will be serving with Husky Sport and learning more about positive sport based youth development.

E-Mail: Nneka.Arinze@uconn.edu

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Junyoung Cho

Junyoung is a second-year doctoral student in the Sport Management program. After receiving his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the AJOU University in South Korea, he worked for a major dairy company in the strategies team as a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) manager for three years.

Later, while working on a Master's Degree in Global Sport Management from Hanyang University, South Korea, he organized a youth sport program that invited underprivileged local children to attend college sporting events. After that, he worked in global affairs as a part of the International Blind Sports Federation World Games committee in Seoul, Korea.

Currently, under the direction of Dr. Jennifer McGarry, he is focusing on researching how to design sport programs for youth to achieve educational effectiveness, as well as appeal to CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) funding sponsors which are eligible to benefit from the programs.

E-Mail: Jun.Cho@uconn.edu

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Michael Corral

Michael is a third-year doctoral student in the Learning, Leadership, and Education Policy Program at UConn. His research is focused on understanding how to best restructure failing and marginalized schools using sport and other culturally relevant themes as a central focus and catalyst for academic and life success. His current roles include working as a research and teaching assistant under the direction of Dr. Jennifer McGarry. The research role consists of working with a Hartford area elementary school as an in-school intervention Program Leader for Husky Sport. His teaching role includes leading undergraduate courses within the Educational Leadership Department that include KINS1160-Health & Education in Urban Communities and EDLR3350-Introduction to Sport Communication.

After completing his degree in Business Management and Marketing from Eastern Oregon University he went on to join an AmeriCorp sponsored teaching program that placed him in Phoenix, Arizona. While there, he taught middle and high school math and coached various sports for three years. While teaching in Phoenix, Michael attained his Master’s in Teaching and Learning as well as his Master’s in Educational Leadership.

E-Mail: Michael.Corral@uconn.edu

 

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Jesse Mala

Jesse is a third-year doctoral student in Sport Management. He is a Connecticut native, from New Britain. He is a veteran who has served with the 75th Ranger regiment, 3rd Ranger battalion, and has deployed multiple times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). After being honorably discharged, he received a Bachelor of Science in physical education from Central Connecticut State University. Afterwards, Jesse came to UConn in 2012 and earned a Master of Science in Exercise Science under Dr. William Kraemer.

During his second year in the exercise science program, Jesse “stumbled” upon a class in Sport Management and found his passion. His current research interest is the development and implementation of sport based youth development programs in underprivileged populations. Jesse is currently a graduate assistant under the guidance of Dr. Jennifer McGarry and is a part of the Husky Sport staff. He is also the instructor for the undergraduate EDLR 3335 - Sport Law class.

E-Mail: Jesse.Mala@uconn.edu