UT Martin students headed to Super Bowl
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MARTIN, Tenn. — A handful of West Tennessee students prepare to head to the Super Bowl. The group will see first hand what it takes to host one of the biggest sporting events. “Knowing I’m going to be a part of it, it’s an incredible feeling,” Ross Landreth, a senior, said. Landreth and five other University of Tennessee at Martin students will travel to Arizona to work Sunday‘s Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. “I’m still in shock that I’m actually going, and not many people that are in their 20s can say ‘I’m going to the Super Bowl,'” Landreth said. “I’m going to be a part of it.” Students will work hospitality events for both games. “Assisting players when they get to the stadium, getting them where they need to be,” Courtney Caton, a sophomore, said. Assistant Professor of Sport Business Dexter Davis will lead the group. The university said this marks his 10th Super Bowl and the second for UT Martin students. “This is the largest single day sporting event in the world, and they get an opportunity to see how that works,” Davis said. Students had to submit a resume and cover letter and meet GPA requirements to go. Davis said part of what they are trying to do is get students in the workforce. “The NFL brand is invaluable on people‘s resumes,” he said. Some could consider it the opportunity of a lifetime. “It’s been on my bucket list,” Jamison Matney, a senior, said. “I never thought I’d go as a student.” It is an opportunity Landreth thinks could lead to bigger things. “Anytime you can have your name associated with the NFL it opens doors, and I hope that it will,” he said. The group leaves for Arizona on Friday. Davis said students and the university paid for a portion of the trip. Students are paid to take part in the internship.