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Sponsored by the Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative (WSABI), the Wharton Sports Business Academy (WSBA) is a three-week summer program that provides an opportunity for ambitious rising high school juniors and seniors to study sports business leadership at the Wharton School. This program teaches students about leagues, media, innovation and emerging platforms, marketing, labor issues, and social impact/responsibility as they meet and learn from leaders in the sports business world.
Sponsored by the Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative (WSABI), The Sports Business Academy examines various academic disciplines as they apply to the sports industry with an overview of the business and legal aspects of various intercollegiate, Olympic, and professional sports enterprises. Students ultimately gain insight into the leadership, management, and increasingly global nature of the sports business. Through academic and co-curricular activities, WSBA students have the opportunity to test their potential as future sports business leaders.
Each summer, Sports Business Academy students:
All participants who successfully complete the program will earn a Wharton Global Youth Certificate of Completion.
Academic classes are held Monday-Friday with extracurricular activities available in the evenings and on the weekends. Students move in on Sunday pre-program, and move out the final Saturday of the program. For more information on campus life, visit our residential experience page.
While each day varies slightly in format, a typical day includes:
Session topics may include:
In the evening, students will have a number of extracurricular activities to choose from. Students can also opt to work on their final project with their group, meet with the program TAs, and/or relax at the dorm.
Please note, some days may not follow this schedule as there could be a site visit off campus or a simulation in lieu of lecture/recitation schedule.
High school students currently enrolled in grades 10-11 with a strong academic background and interest in sports, business and management. International applicants are welcome.
Admission to the Sports Business Academy is selective. Wharton will select approximately 100 students to attend the 2022 Academy. Selections are based on a record of academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, and a genuine interest in sports industry. Interested students are encouraged to submit an application by the priority deadline.
Please note that participation in the Sports Business Academy program does not guarantee admission into Penn.
Teaching Assistants consist of both undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania. TAs facilitate small-group discussions, ensure student understanding, assist with final project development, and hold office hours to answer student questions and share their Penn and Wharton experiences.
Philadelphia, USA (on campus)
Priority Deadline: January 20, 2022
Final Deadline: April 7, 2022
For more information, please contact [email protected] or call +1.516.414.5555.
Please note that participation in Wharton Global Youth Programs does not guarantee admission to Penn.
“I have always wanted to pursue a career in Sports Business, and this course not only furthered my interest but offered me the connections and experience for it as well.” – 2021 participant
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