From Classrooms to Championships

Sheldon Lee's Dynamic Experience in LSU's Sport Management Master's Program 

In LSU's School of Kinesiology, Sheldon Lee stands out not only as a dedicated Sport Management graduate student but also as the Director of Creative Content at South Stadium Productions, orchestrating external video production efforts for all Olympic sports and various athletic department initiatives.

Sheldon chose LSU for his graduate journey, drawn by the prospect of continuing his academic pursuits while leveraging his background as an Athletics Marketing Graduate Assistant at McNeese State University's MBA program from 2018 to 2019.  

Dual Role: Master's Student and Creative Content Director

Sheldon's responsibilities extend far beyond the classroom. As the Director of Creative Content, he oversees the production of content distributed across official athletic department social media, LSU.GOLD, and in-venue videoboards. Notably, he has been a key figure in producing content for LSU Women's Basketball, Baseball, and Track & Field since joining South Stadium Productions November 2020.  

Merging Classroom and Real-World Experiences

“The LSU School of Kinesiology has positively impacted my studies and career goals by allowing me to take relevant in-class lessons and projects and apply them to real life and real career situations while working in the sports creative industry.”

One of the distinctive features of Sheldon's academic experience as a Master’s student in the Sport Management program has been the seamless integration of classroom lessons with real-world applications. Working in the sports creative industry, he has been able to translate theoretical knowledge into tangible results, providing a dynamic and practical learning environment. The program's emphasis on practical applications has allowed him to bridge the gap between academic learning and real-world scenarios, a crucial aspect in the dynamic field of sport management.

Balancing Act

While pursuing a Master's degree and holding a significant role in intercollegiate athletics, Sheldon faces the ongoing challenge of time management. Navigating the demands of attending classes during work hours, completing assignments amid games, events, and travel requires discipline and effective time management. However, Sheldon praises the understanding and flexibility of his professors and the unwavering support from LSU Athletics throughout his academic journey.

“Though it is a daunting task, my professors in the Sport Management program have been very understanding and flexible with the demands of my work schedule, and LSU Athletics has been supportive of my academic endeavors every step of the way.”  

A Rewarding Career

One aspect Sheldon finds most rewarding in his role is building relationships with the exceptional student-athletes, helping shape their personal brands. This, he believes, is crucial in preparing them for the next steps in their careers, both on and off the field.

Reflecting on his time as Director of Creative Content, Sheldon shares a few standout memories:

  • In Spring 2021, he accompanied the Track & Field program, witnessing their impressive 84-point performance at the 2021 NCAA Men's Outdoor National Championship.
  • Sheldon was a part of history as he created content throughout the LSU Women's Basketball team's triumphant journey to the 2023 NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship.
  • From being a part of coach Jay Johnson’s arrival to LSU in 2021 to then witnessing their victory at the 2023 Men's College World Series, Sheldon played a behind-the-scenes role in the success of the LSU Men's Baseball team.

Advice for Fellow Students

“My advice for students considering pursuing the Master of Science in Sport Management degree program would be to use the baseball pitcher mantra of 'start ahead stay ahead' when it comes to completing course assignments, stay organized by writing out a schedule and planning the proper amount of time to make progress on readings and assignments, and also help make class more engaging for yourself, your classmates, and professor by participating in class discussions. Your professor will take notice."

Sheldon’s journey exemplifies the intersection of academic pursuit and real-world impact. As he continues to make strides in his master's program and contributes to the success of LSU Athletics, his story serves as an inspiration for aspiring professionals in the field. 

Coolege of Sheldon Lee