This spring, sophomore honors student Zach Greenberg has an opportunity to speak at a conference about something he loves—sports. The sport and recreation management major will be presenting at the International Association for Communication and Sport Summit conference in Phoenix, Ariz., with Assistant Professor Danielle Johannesen (left in photo at left with Greenberg) along with professors from Duquesne University and University of Wisconsin Stout on famous sports venues. Greenberg’s research and presentation are focused on the U.S. Bank Stadium and will expand on research from a recent book published by co-editors Johannesen and Professor Mark Huglen entitled Iconic Sports Venues: Persuasion in Public Spaces.
Presenting with Johannesen is something of a coup for Greenberg. It combines his love of sport with his major and his role as a student-athlete. He came to the University of Minnesota Crookston to play football but his primary reason was his interest in majoring in sport and recreation. “I only sent my football highlight tape to schools I knew had the major I was interested in,” Greenberg says. “After I visited the U of M Crookston, I was sure it was where I wanted to go and I am happy with the decision.”
Long snapper for Golden Eagle Football; serving as president of Enactus, a global non?profit organization that encourages students to work in partnership with business and higher education where they are challenged to develop community outreach projects; vice president of the Sport & Recreation Management Club; and a leader in the Golden Eagle Mentoring program, means Greenberg doesn’t have a much free time. He is also in the honors program, which inevitably led to the opportunity to apply for a research grant for the chance to present at a national conference with Johannesen.
Greenberg started playing football when he was six or seven years old, prior to that time the Winnipeg native was on skates playing hockey. He played basketball until his sophomore year of high school and was captain of the high school curling team.
His greatest moment in football came in high school following the death of his grandfather. “I was playing tight end, and when a player was injured, I took over as defensive end,” he explains. “On the first play, the ball was snapped and I sacked the quarterback. It was a great moment for me, and I pointed to the sky in recognition of my grandfather. He would have been proud.”
There have been other great moments for him too like running through the tunnel onto Ed Widseth Field for his very first game as a college athlete.
Greenberg works for Sports Information Director Shawn Smith and has had a variety of responsibilities. He currently is the host of Regal’s Rundown, a video program where he highlights coaches and players during their seasons in one-on-one conversations. He says sports casting is definitely an area of interest but eventually he would like to go to law school. It is no wonder his favorite class is legal environment in business taught by Judge Tamara Yon. “She brings real life examples into the classroom,” says Greenberg. “She is a great teacher.”
He plans his future much like he does the present. His goal remains clear: taking advantage of every opportunity that comes his way to mix what he loves now with his dreams for the future.