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Center for the Advancement of Sport

Our new Center for the Advancement of Sport - a major interdisciplinary initiative – provides students with opportunities to get a foothold in the sports industry through experiential learning including externships at local and even national athletic organizations.

Drawing on some of UB’s greatest strengths: the work of faculty in law, education, social work, management, engineering and computer science as well as UB’s Department of Athletics, the Center focuses on educational programming, collaborative research and policy initiatives.

Upcoming projects include:

Best Practices in Injury Prevention and Treatment
Richard M. Tobe ’74, director of special intergovernmental projects for New York State, will co-teach Sports Law in Action, with the Center’s director, Helen “Nellie” Drew. Working from research in the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health, students will research and analyze data about best practices and draft a policy proposal requiring New York State high schools to have an athletic trainer present for interscholastic athletic events. Course collaborators include Dr. David P. Hostler III, a clinical professor of emergency medicine; and Dr. Leslie J. Bisson, clinical professor of orthopedics.

Additional cross-disciplinary programming is in development.

Our People

  • Helen "Nellie" Drew, Director, Center for the Advancement of Sport
  • Gerry Meehan, Special Counsel, Center for the Advancement of Sport (former general manager and senior vice president of the Buffalo Sabres)
  • Joe Schaefer, Associate, Phillips Lytle LLP
  • Jonathan Dandes, President, Rich Baseball Operations
Introducing UB's Center for the Advancement of Sport

Contact Us


Helen "Nellie" Drew, Director, Center for the Advancement of Sport
619 O'Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100

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