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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

  • Kaeli Crews leaps in the air for an attack during a beach volleyball match.

College of HRSM Student Spotlight: Kaeli Crews

Major: Sport and Entertainment Management
Hometown: Winter Garden, Florida
Expected Graduation: May 2023

Career Highlights (so far):

  • USC Beach Volleyball athlete and team captain
  • Recruited as a high school sophomore.
    • Kaeli says, "I stepped foot on campus for the very first time and thought 'Okay, this is it.' I was a pretty young commit, but I never wavered in my decision."
  • Mentor to freshman and sophomore Sport and Entertainment Management students.
  • Member of professional fraternity Sigma Psi Mu.
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish).
  • Will be pursuing her master’s at Florida State University while also continuing beach volleyball.
  • Member of the USC Student Athlete Advisory Committee, serving in her junior year as Secretary and Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and this year as  Secretary and Chair of the Community Service Committee.

Why major in sport and entertainment management?

  • After starting in a different major, sport and entertainment management is where she found her passion.
  • Her mom also graduated with a B.S. in sport management from the University of Massachusetts.
  • While still enjoying the sports side of the program, she found a particular fondness for the live entertainment and music as well as event planning.
    • Kaeli says "I'm a very type A, logistics-oriented brain, and I love seeing all the different compartments come together. I love that about events."
  • Special connections with faculty who have helped shape her college experience.
    • Kaeli says, "Matt Dunn has been an incredible mentor of mine. I've taken several classes from him and I mentor his younger students now. I've had lots of great conversations with him and he's really helped me push myself outside of my comfort zone."
  • USC beach volleyball player Kaeli Crews balances a volleyball on her head.
  • USC beach volleyball player Kaeli Crews poses for a photo with five other students in front of a large Bush's Baked Beans sign.

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