The CSLi Fellowship Program builds a community of exemplary undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students from across the Forty Acres and exposes them to pressing sports issues and cultivates each Fellow’s ability to lead in their respective organizations and into the next stage of life. Although this is an unpaid fellowship, fellows are given substantial development and advancement opportunities.
Louise Amsili was born in Marseille, South of France, where she grew up fully embracing the soccer culture. After graduating from Sciences-Po where she earned a Bachelor in Political Science and Masters in Mass Media Studies, Louise became a Longhorn in 2017 as part of the graduate Sport Management program. Here she occupied a variety of positions within the Athletic department as well as local entities such as the Austin Sports Commission. Dedicated CSLi fellow. Louise then secured a post-grad seasonal position as Corporate Partnerships Assistant with the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United.
How did the CSLi fellowship facilitate your entry into sports?
The CSLi fellowship gave me access to sport professionals through speaker series and fellows-only events, I had the opportunity to exchange with them and eventually expand my network. Additionally, the CSLi fellowship allowed me to develop certain skills (such as Social Media Management or Budgeting) that are currently usefully in my career. It's always a plus to show on your resume that you invest yourself in sport-related activities beyond physical activity or paid opportunities.READ FULL INTERVIEW
Lindell Galvan is a first-generation college student from Weslaco, TX in the Rio Grande Valley. She graduated from The University of Texas in December 2019 with a B.B.A in Finance and a B.S. in Sport Management. Throughout her time at Texas, Lindell has been named a Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar, a Manhattan Sports Business Academy alum, interned at the NBA with the WNBA in NYC and has been a part of CSLi since 2017.
How did the CSLi fellowship facilitate your entry into sports? How did the fellowship prepare you for your current work?
CSLi introduced me to a variety of different opportunities from volunteering in sports, to working at major events and being the first to know of speaker/networking events on campus with professionals in the industry. The fellowship has served as a tool for learning and growing in an industry that is unpredictable, constantly changing and looking for the next generation of leaders to guide it into being better.READ FULL INTERVIEW
How did the CSLi fellowship facilitate your entry into sports?
It wasn’t until late into my undergraduate career when I realized that I had an interest in pursuing sports. As such, when I began my master’s program I made a concerted effort to align myself with organizations such as CSLi that surrounded me with a cohort of diverse but like-minded individuals who were all extremely passionate about the impact sports can create in this world. Because of CSLi I had the rich opportunity to learn from and collaborate with some of the brightest and innovative minds on campus as we tackled some of the preeminent issues in sports.
What was it like to be a fellow?
Being a fellow was like being a part of a family. I did not attend Texas for undergrad so my connections on campus were fairly thin as I began my master’s program. CSLi provided me with a community of intriguing and driven individuals who all came from different backgrounds, various majors and unique perspectives on how sports affected culture.READ FULL INTERVIEW
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Fellow's Speaker Series
Captains Academy is a leadership training program designed to equip the captains of boys and girls teams with unique leadership training in connection, goal-setting, mindset, and personal brand building.
#iLEAD Speaker Series CSLi convenes thought leaders and influencers in sport to inspire and engage. The #iLEAD Speaker Series exposes the Forty Acres community to the intersection of leadership and sport. #iLEAD speakers model what it means to use sport as a platform for good, to question the status quo and to blaze the trail for the leaders of tomorrow.
Previous Fellows Guest Speakers include:
Charles Towne Holdings Managing Director - Sports, Media and Entertainment
First female NFL coach
Co-founder, Merging Vets & Players
External Relations, San Antonio Spurs
Producer, NFL Films
Director of Sponsorship Sales, C3 Presents
General Manager, Austin Spurs
General Manager, Round Rock Express
Professional Development, Sacramento Kings
Faizan is pursuing a dual degree and minor/certificate in Human Dimensions of Organization, Public Health, and Business of Healthcare. Faizan has been able to take what he has learned from each of these departments and translate them into sports. This past summer he was a summer intern at the NBA. He has a passion for people, numbers and sports.
Sameer is a junior Finance major from Houston, Texas. He enjoys all sports but particularly fell in love with soccer while growing up in Dar es-salaam, Tanzania as he became an avid Manchester United fan. Sameer is particularly interested with the social impact sports has on communities as it is a way to ignite passion and bring people closer. His dream job is to work in the NBA with data analytics or scouting.
Will is a sophomore in the Moody College if Communication majoring in journalism and minoring in business. He is the Sports Director at KVRX, the UT student radio station and hosts an hour sports radio show every Monday afternoon. Will enjoys playing golf, watching sports, and hanging out with friends.
Murphy is a second year Sport Management master’s student. She is from Columbus, OH and has been a competitive diver since the age of ten. She competed on the UT Swimming and Diving team and is currently training as an Olympic hopeful. Murphy plans to remain involved in the sports world and hopes to work in sponsorships for an athletic wear company.
Tyler is a junior Sport Management major and business minor. He is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and is a big Pirates, Steelers, Penguins and Penn State fan. Basketball is his favorite sport and hopes to one day work in an NBA front office or become a collegiate coach. Outside of basketball, he likes to play golf, watch other sports, and spend time with his family / friends.
Sam is a senior Sport Management major from Cherry Hill, New Jersey also pursuing a Business Foundations Minor and a Certificate in Sports Media. With his first word being “dunk”, Sam has forever dreamed of working in basketball. During his time on the Forty Acres, Sam has been involved working for the Women’s Basketball program and being an active member in both UT Silver Spurs and his fraternity.
William Hall is a Junior in the McCombs School of Business majoring in Marketing & minoring in Management Information Systems. He is from San Antonio, Texas and aspires to live in New York City post graduation. William plans on being an NBA agent someday, as his passions range from data analytics to human relations. He strongly believes his interpersonal skills will lead him to success.
Parthvi is a Sport Management and Computer Science major. Her specific goal is unclear but she has narrowed it down to consulting, sports statistical analysis, and brand development. The sports industry has so much constant innovation that there’s room for me in all three areas she is interested in.
Jonathan is a second-year Sport Management major from Houston, Texas by way of Miami, Florida. His interests in data analytics and basketball have led him to also pursue a Business Foundations minor along with a certificate in the Elements in Computing to hopefully land in a marketing department of an athletic apparel company or NBA organization.
Matte is a senior Marketing and Sports Management double major from Frisco, TX. She has been a member of the Women’s Rowing Team, Club Soccer Team, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Matte currently works as a Marketing Student Assistant for Texas Athletics. Her dream job is to work for a pro sports team in Marketing or Community Relations. This summer, she was a digital marketing intern at Stack Sports.
Reagan is a senior Journalism major from Magnolia, Texas. She is also pursuing a minor in business and sports media. She grew up playing sports with her dad and brother which has fostered her love for sports. She has always loved all sports, but traveling the US and visiting different ballparks has especially sparked her love for baseball. Reagan is interested in the media side of sports and hopes one day to work with a sports team where she can combine her interest in digital media and her love for sports.
Rebeccah is a sophomore in the Business Honors Program pursuing an additional degree in Marketing and a Sports Media Certificate. She is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a college town whose vibrant sports culture helped ignite her passion for sports. Her experience traveling and teaching as a competitive Jump Roper further added to her desire to be involved in sports. She is actively involved in Texas THON as well as the Honors Business Association Alumni Committee. She hopes to use her unique background to contribute to the sports environment at UT Austin.
Arjun Naganathan is currently majoring in both Accounting and Radio-Television-Film. Arjun interested in pursuing a career in sports media, particularly in sports television and sports movies. One day he’d like to find himself directing projects through his own production company.
Phil is a junior sport management major and business minor from Cleveland, Ohio. He is currently working as an intern in the UT Athletics Ticket Sales and Services Department. With a passion for basketball, he is interested in working on the business and operations facades of the NBA. He has a marketing-oriented background and enjoys collaborating with others.
Delia is a second year Sport Management graduate student from Houston, TX. A life-long athlete as a swimmer and a passionate spectator of all sports, she hopes to merge her education and experiences to serve athletes at the collegiate level. Before attending UT, Delia served as the assistant swim coach for a Division III men's program. She continues to work with student-athletes in her current role as a strategy tutor/mentor for Texas Athletics.