Matty Habersaat‘ 22 completed a sports management internship at Skyhawks Sports Academy this summer. A midfielder on Hobart’s soccer team, he worked in the company’s marketing and sales department.
Skyhawks Sports Academy is a youth sports camp organization based out of Washington state. The organization was founded in 1979 as a soccer program where children could learn sports in a fun, safe and non-competitive environment. Skyhawks now offer programs in more than 111 different sports for children ages 4-14 across North America. The format includes week-long summer camps, clinics and year-round after school programs. The company offers camps and programing in soccer, basketball, flag football, baseball, tennis, mini-hawk, lacrosse, golf, volleyball, cheerleading, track & field and a multi-sport option.
Habersaat has worked for the company’s Massachusetts branch for the past few summers. While the pandemic and strict quarantine rules in Massachusetts in June changed his experience, he was able to benefit from the experience.
“The internship began in early June and was mostly remote due to the virus,” Habersaat said. “As the summer went on, we were able to do more even though I altered my original responsibilities. By the end of the summer, I can firmly say that the internship was beneficial to the organization as well as myself.”
As an intern Habersaat’s main role was to help the Massachusetts area manager. He worked on a wide variety of projects ranging from inventory to seeking new targets for the franchise to expand within the state. Habersaat also was in charge of the franchise’s Facebook account where he practiced copywriting as well as finding articles related to the pandemic and its effect on youth sports. At the end of his internship, Habersaat presented a power point, listing potential targets for the Skyhawks franchise to expand, consisting of organizational needs, key contacts and competitor analysis.
In addition, Habersaat was able to coach at camps as the summer progressed and restrictions were eased. “I enjoy coaching and while the camps may have felt different with the many protocols we had to follow, I am confident that many kids were able to create fun summer memories playing the sports they love.”
On the pitch, Habersaat has played in 20 games in his first two seasons as a Statesman. He recorded an assist last year in Hobart’s 3-0 win over Geneseo. He helped Statesmen post a 14-5-2 overall record. Hobart won the Liberty League tournament title and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the second time in the last three seasons. Habersaat credits his experiences with the soccer team in helping him succeed during his internship.
“Characteristics such as teamwork, time management, and culture were important this summer,” Habersaat said. “These are also characteristics that we value everyday as student-athletes. In my time here at HWS, I have realized how important having a strong culture can be. We have a fantastic culture on the soccer team and we pride ourselves for it. Using those skills, I was able to share some of that with Skyhawks. With the adversities of the virus, teamwork was more important than ever. It’s a skill that we as athletes take for granted sometimes and can make such a difference. During the summer, there was clear communication and the level of togetherness was heartwarming. I think it shows that the values we have as student-athletes here at HWS are putting us on the right path as we enter the next stage of our careers.”