Sarah Linebaugh, Vinik Sport & Entertainment Management Program

Sport is powerful and Sarah Linebaugh is hoping to harness that power and be an agent of change in the business of sport and entertainment management.

As a student in the Vinik Sport and Entertainment Management program, Linebaugh is set to graduate in May with a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Sport and Entertainment Management.

In her time in the program, she made her mark as a stand-out student who possesses a genuine passion for helping others through sport. Faculty advisors describe her as someone who is not out to simply become absorbed by the sports industry, but she is intent on improving it.

She serves as the alumni relations officer for the program. In that role, Linebaugh works to engage with the program’s more than 200 alumni by planning events that get program graduates excited about giving back. She spearheaded fundraising and donation campaigns such as the Vinik Sport and Entertainment Management Day of Giving.

Linebaugh also sharpens her alumni outreach skills as the Student-Athlete Enhancement Fellow with USF Athletics. Since July 2021, she has helped plan signature events for USF’s more than 400 student-athletes. Among her memorable achievements were Senior Sendoff, Dine Like a Pro, and Destress Day. She also finds ways to engage with the more than 250 Bulls Varsity Club members and with USF’s 5,000-plus athletics alumni. 

Before enrolling at USF, Linebaugh earned a bachelor’s degree in sport and recreation management at Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management.

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