Jordenne Taylor’s passion for sports fueled by Alcorn’s Department of Athletics

For as long as she can remember, Jordenne Taylor has always loved sports. After accepting a softball scholarship to Alcorn State University in 2013, she made it her mission to turn her passion into a promising career.

“I have been involved in sports ever since I was able to play,” said Jordenne, who will earn a bachelor’s degree in sports management during the University’s Commencement Exercise on Saturday. “When it came close to graduating high school, I knew that I wanted to major in something that focused on sports. I wanted to be a part of the behind the scenes work, and I knew that I could be a successful contributor because I could incorporate what I knew from being an athlete.”

As she reflects on her four-year journey at Alcorn, Jordenne said that being a sports management intern with the University’s Department of Athletics was an experience that she will always cherish. Although it was a step out of her comfort zone, she enjoyed doing something new.

“My best experience at Alcorn was interning with the department. I got to be involved in other aspects of sports that don’t include playing, which is what I’m used to. It was so much fun and I got to do so many different things that I’ve never done before. It helped me discover exactly what I want to do in my career.”

The experience helped prepare Jordenne for a post-graduate career. She broke down some of the things she learned while interning.

“Being a part of every aspect of sports was so exciting. I got to help plan and coordinate special events. I was also able to take game day photography, create game day timelines, coordinate fundraising events and so much more. It’s a fast-paced environment with lots of responsibility. I feel like I am still part of the game, but in a different dynamic.”

With all of the knowledge she’s gained, Jordenne is confident in becoming a force in her career. She thanks the Department of Athletics for her growth.

“The Department of Athletics opened so many doors for me to succeed in any branch of sports management. I am forever thankful for the administration in athletics for providing me with the opportunity to grow.”

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