Four months ago, three members of the Stanwood Future Business Leaders of America approached the Washington Stealth for their Partnership with Business Project. On April 8, Kayla Nolte, Marlee Raible and Rachel Rich presented their project on the Washington Stealth at a state competition, placing third out of 45 teams.
The Partnership with Business Team first contacted the Stealth in December, expressing interest in featuring the Stealth in their Partnership with Business Project. They observed a number of aspects involved in running a professional sports organization, including the game day operations and marketing and promotion efforts throughout the beginning of the season.
“I shadowed a member of the training staff last year and really enjoyed the atmosphere,” said Nolte, a senior at Stanwood High School. “Doing our Partnership with Business Project with a professional lacrosse team was new turf; something new that not everyone knows about and would give us a chance to put a fun, interesting spin on the project.”
After spending several months learning about the Stealth organization and interviewing members of the front office staff and players, the trio put together a project to present at a Washington State competition. The project included a 30-page report and a video on their experience.
“We really learned a lot and experienced a lot of different things,” said Rich, a sophomore working for the first time on the Partnership with Business Team. “We found out how important it is to expand your horizons and be well-rounded.”
With the top two teams reaching the national competition, Nolte, Raible and Rich barely missed the cut with their third place finish. There’s still a chance they can appear at nationals if another team isn’t able to attend.
Regardless of whether or not they attend nationals, the team is happy with their project and everything they got out of the experience.
“The presentation went really well,” said Nolte. “We were able to buckle down and do a great project. It wasn’t the result we wanted, but I wouldn’t trade the experience for the world. And we definitely became fans of the Stealth for life.”