NASHVILLE – Students from White House High School joined a number of groups from across Tennessee and southern Kentucky on Tuesday at the Tennessee Titans Learning Lab at Nissan Stadium.
Over 50 members of DECA, marketing, business communications and social media visited the home of the Titans to tour the facility, learn from Titans executives and key team members, and receive a game ticket to the January 2nd matchup against the Miami Dolphins.
White House began the day watching opening videos from Titans Radio’s Mike Keith on the video board from section 235, then visited stations throughout the club level concourse and press box. Students learned from reps in human resources, ticket sales, marketing and communications, production and game operations, equipment, locker room, social media, press and media, guest services and premium services, and front office personnel.
Many of the presenters told their stories of working their way through sports media and business internships to reach their potential as an employee of an NFL organization.
“This was a great opportunity for our kids to hear about real things happening in the professional football industry, and also to see how these executives and team leaders go to where they are today,” said White House High School marketing teacher and DECA chair Ann Hali Crawford. “It’s hard sometimes for students to understand the importance of an internship, and networking, but they are up front and lay it out for the kids that passion and hard work will get you where you want to be.”
The students ended the day taking a mini version of the Wonderlic test, given to potential NFL Draft picks in preparation for the NFL Scouting Combine. The Wonderlic is an aptitude and logic test, and students were allowed to answer as many questions as possible in six minutes and score their answers.
The students toured the press box, club suites, and even got a chance to go inside and take pictures in the Titans locker room. Without a doubt, the most popular spot was the locker for current two-time NFL rushing champion Derrick Henry.
“Today was so much fun, but there was something really special about seeing the kids step inside the locker room,” said White House social media advisor and business communications teacher Kris Freeman. “I think it’s special to recognize the faces and places of their heroes on the field, but today we also learned that those heroes also work in critical roles within an organization. Every bit of it is important, not just the players. This organization is a business and Nashville is a city where there are many opportunities for these students and their future.”
The day ended with a special gift from the Titans including a shirt, a pair of custom Titans socks, and then the group headed back to White House High School.
One group of students on the trip was recognized for their efforts by Titans social media team leader Nate Bain. While visiting the media press conference room, Bain conversed with business communications students who he worked with in 2020-21. Braden Pairs and Justin Ward contacted Bain to create a Titans tribute page in the White House High School yearbook.
“It was a great day talking to high school students at the Titans learning lab,” Bain said on Twitter in a post with the school. “Especially these studs from White House BDP!”
The Tennessee Titans Learning Lab was sponsored by Tennessee Tech University, and the students were welcomed on video by the university president, and presented with the #WingsUp shirt from TTU and the Titans.
White House High School’s Michelle Horsley helps coordinate Career and Technical Education for the Blue Devils and works regularly with programs and CTSOs like DECA, FBLA and other organizations which students can exhibit future career potential. She joined Mr. Freeman and Mrs. Crawford on the trip.
“It’s really cool to be in the stands as a part of Titans games, but even more so how our students can interact with the administrative teams and people who make this happen behind the scenes,” Horsley said. “I had a great time today and we are so thankful to the Titans for giving us this opportunity.
“What we want to accomplish in CTE and education is to bridge our students from classroom education to real life application of their job potential and employment opportunities. Today was a great example of how the local business community can partner with our schools.”