May 18, 2012

The Miami Sports Marketing Internship Academy recently welcomed their 2012 summer interns. Five interns will be working this summer to prepare for the upcoming 2012-2013 sports season. They’ll be utilizing their prior sports experiences as well as what they learn on our team to create successful market strategies for Miami University Intercollegiate Athletics. Get to know our interns by reading the bios below!


Name:  Meredith Bivens

Hometown: Battle Creek, MI

Education: B.S. in Kinesiology & Health; Sport Studies – Miami University ‘12

Sport Background:

 High school athlete; 2010-2011 Game Day Operations Intern (Miami University)

Fun Miami Sport Moment:

I have lots of favorite and fun moments, but overall, spending my weekends during the spring cheering on Miami Baseball with friends at McKie Field would be a highlight of Miami Sports for me! 


Name: Tony Cassano

Hometown: Fairfield, OH

Education: Sports Management Major, Business Administration Minor at the University of Dayton

Sports Background:

Started 2 years on the varsity football team at Badin High school. Senior year was All-GCL and All-County. Also, I started 2 years on the varsity baseball team at Badin. While on the team we were state runner up twice. Also, was 2nd team GCL twice and All-County twice.

Fun Miami Sports Moment:

When I was younger, I went to a Miami-Iowa football game with my family. I had no idea who any of the players were but was just excited to watch football. I remember thinking the quarterback for Miami was very good but I didn’t know his name. That quarterback turned out to be Ben Roethlisberger. Now that he is a major player in the NFL, I can say that I watched him play in college before he got famous.


Name: Allie Engelhart

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Education: Marking Major and Entrepreneurship Minor, Miami University ‘15

Sports Background:

I participated in water polo, bowling, and ultimate frisbee for three years at Sycamore High School. Our water polo team advanced to states every year, I individually qualified for districts my junior and senior year for bowling, and the women’s ultimate frisbee team won the YUC state tournament in 2011. I’ve been riding horses year round since I was 6 years old and have shown with Kubicki Equestrian Center and Glengarith farms throughout my riding career. I mostly showed in the eventing and hunter/jumper circuits and I now ride for the Miami University Equestrian Team. I’m very excited to be a Miami Sports Marketing Intern this summer and for the 2012-2013 school year!

Fun Miami Sports Moment:

My favorite Miami sports moment so far is when my family and I went to the family weekend football game this past fall. It was great spending time with friends and family while cheering on the RedHawks!


Name: Matt Kennedy

Hometown: Mount Prospect, IL

Education: Marketing Major, History and Finance Minor

Sports Background:

Played football and threw shot put and discus in track throughout high school. Placed 4th in state in shot put and was All-Conference in both track and football. Earned All-State honors in track senior year. Currently on the Miami football team and have lettered and started for the past three years.

Miami Sports Moment:

My most memorable sports moment at Miami was beating the 24th ranked Northern Illinois football team to win the 2010 MAC Football Championship in Detroit. We went into the games as 20 point underdogs and pulled off an incredible 4th and 20 play on the scoring drive that put us in position to win. It was a great way to end an unbelievable season and showed our transformation from the previous season. It was one of those magical sports moments and one of my most memorable moments of my athletic career.


Name: Chelsea Raleigh

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Education: Marketing Major and International Business and Spanish Minor

Sports Background:

2006-2010 Oak Hills High School Varsity Cheerleader and Senior Captain

2010 Cincinnati Commando Indoor Football Arena Cheerleader

2011 Cincinnati Commando Indoor Football Arena Choreographer

2011-Current Mercy High School Dance Team Choreographer

2010-Current Miami University Varsity Cheerleader

Miami Sports Moment:

It was the 2011 Miami vs. Akon RAIN game. With my make-up dripping down my face and my clothes soaking wet, it was the unforgettable rain and cheering Miami University Football onto Victory that made my Miami sports moment. From Jumping up and down to splashing water everywhere from impact, I felt as if I was a little kid again playing in the rain and doing what I love, cheerleading.