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5 Questions with First Tee Programs Director Jordan Hall

Jordan Hall at First Tee - Triangle event - Five Questions with First Tee Programs Director Jordan Hall - College of Natural Resources News NC State University
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Jordan Hall graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sport management and a minor in business administration in 2016. She is currently earning her master’s degree in parks, recreation and tourism management at NC State.

Hall is also currently employed as director of programs at First Tee – Triangle, a Raleigh-based nonprofit working to empower kids and teens through golf. We recently spoke with Hall to learn more about her career; her time as a student at NC State; and her passion for parks and recreation. Check it out:

What is a typical day in your job like?

The best way to describe my role is like an athletic director. I manage one full-time and 11 part-time employees, as well as over 150 volunteers annually across 10 or more golf course partner locations. I also manage participants and registrations, staffing, curriculum implementation, national opportunities, girls golf initiatives, leagues and more for 1,700 kids a year.

What inspired you to study sport management and parks, recreation and tourism management?

I am a firm believer that I am the person I am today because of my involvement in sports. Throughout my involvement, I met mentors that inspired and motivated me, friendships that will last a lifetime, and skill sets that I wouldn’t trade for the world. I volunteered and worked in high school, collegiate and professional athletics during my time at NC State but I always felt a pull towards youth development. 

What impact are you making through your position?

Through my role at a nonprofit, I am able to provide the opportunity to play golf while learning valuable life lessons for children who may not otherwise have access. We offer financial aid to those in need, and we focus on creating an environment of inclusion for all who participate.

How did the College of Natural Resources prepare you for your current position?

The College of Natural Resources and the Sport Management program at NC State gave me so much more than just a degree. I was fortunate to connect with professors who had experience in areas I wanted to focus on, and I learned what it would take to find success in the sport business world.

From an understanding of business, marketing and communications to people skills, leadership and other areas, the College of Natural Resources gave me the opportunity to gain a wide variety of experiences. 

What advice do you have for current College of Natural Resources students?

There will never be an opportunity better suited to gain experience. I encourage you to network with your professors and peers and pursue an internship, volunteer position, part-time opportunity or any other way to gain experience as often as you can. The door is open at NC State, and I encourage you to take advantage of it during your time here.