From the time she first sat on the bench at her older brothers’ Little League games, Christina Myers ’18 has been involved with sports teams. When the Matthew Brodsky Endowed Scholarship enabled her to enroll in the Falk College’s Sport Management program, she was eager to put her passion for athletics to work—in a largely male-dominated program.
Now the vice president of the Syracuse University chapter of WISE—Women in Sports and Events—Christina is encouraging other women to grow their presence in the field. “It’s to bring women up,” she says. “To show that we’re here, too. We can do this stuff, too.”
Where I’m from…
Rochester, New York. I lived in the Town of Penfield—in the same house that my mom grew up in—until I moved into my dorm at SU.
What I do besides study…
I hang out with my friends a lot. I work in Manley Field House during the week and full-time as a resident advisor in Flint Hall. Spending a lot of time on my RA tasks has really helped me bond and become friends with the freshman residents on my floor. When I’m just relaxing, I like to re-watch some of my favorite TV shows on Netflix.
Why I chose Syracuse University…
I knew I was looking for schools with a sport management program that would help me decide on a career path. It was pretty obvious when I visited campus and met the program faculty that, compared to other schools, this was the place for me. I saw the strong school spirit and countless opportunities provided by the faculty and the University. It made my decision easy.
What love most about SU…
The people I’ve met here. College is one of the only places where you can completely surround yourself with the people you want to be with. I look forward to everything this University can do for me as I progress academically.
What I plan to do with my SU degree…
One day I hope to work in a university athletic department, where I can work hand in hand with athletes, both in sports and academics. I’d like to help them figure out who they’re going to be and what they want to do. I’ve always enjoyed working with people and I hope to continue that in my career.
His Love of Sports Lives On at SU
When high school football player Matthew Brodsky realized that he wasn’t going to play linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles, he set his sights on being a sports agent. In 2013, he applied for early admission at Syracuse University and was accepted into the freshman class at the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, where he planned to study sport management.
Matt’s mother, Joan Brodsky, says it was apparent from the start that he would attend SU. “The first time Matt and I visited Syracuse, there was an unspoken moment when we both knew that this was the school for him.”
An enthusiastic player and fan, Matt always gave his all, whether he was part of his own team or cheering on his beloved Philadelphia Eagles and 76ers. He regularly attended Syracuse football and basketball games and even met former Eagles running back Brian Westbrook and wide receiver DeSean Jackson during a charity event in 2009.
A responsible young man, Brodsky was known by his family and friends as a person who quietly did things without complaint. He enjoyed helping other people, including his mother, who raised him after his father died when Matt was only four years old. But his dream of working with young players and veterans was cut short just six days after returning to Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, for winter break. After a sudden and initially unexplained illness, Brodsky died at home on December 19, 2013.
Brodsky would never return to Syracuse University, but his family made certain that his memory and love for SU and the sport management program would live on. In 2014, Joan Brodsky established the Matthew Brodsky Endowed Scholarship in her son’s name to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students enrolled in Falk College.
In addition, the Department of Sport Management created the Matthew Brodsky Award, which honors Matt’s dedication to community service by annually recognizing two sport management majors for their exemplary service to the community.
Both the scholarship and the award are extensions of “Matt’s participation in activities to help others,” said Joan Brodsky. “I’m sure he’d be happy to know that he is still helping others.”