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USG Event Recap: Atlanta Impact Weekend

USG group posing for a photo at Truist Park in Atlanta, GA.

Over the weekend of May 21st to 23rd, 2021, USG was in Atlanta with Team 25 of the USG Academy! This Impact Weekend was fruitful in building connections between our members and networking with some tremendous southeastern sport organizations. Friday was dedicated to Gallup CliftonStrengths Training and Bible studies.

We then started Saturday off with some guest speakers, visited Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion, and spent the afternoon at an Atlanta Braves game. Our staff and students had an impactful outreach event Sunday morning as we distributed impact box content to people in need throughout the city. We were able to pray for many individuals and witness seeds of the Gospel begin to grow!

Our sessions on Saturday also featured a few guest speakers from the sport industry who shared advice on both career and faith. Here are a few key takeaways from our guest speakers!

Dan Heck - Assistant Athletics Director, Marketing & Fan Engagement, Auburn University Athletics: Dan Heck and his wife, Courtney, spent time with us Saturday morning! Dan shared his journey to a lasting relationship with Christ along with some powerful tools he uses to stay grounded in his faith in the busy, ever changing industry of collegiate athletics. Keeping his identity and priority as a follower of Christ are key ways in which he anchors his life and work. As future leaders in the sport industry he encouraged us in the value of relationships and intentionality. To have confidence in yourself and those on your team to delegate authority.

Chase Hudson - Manager, Group Sales at Atlanta Hawks: Key points Chase focused on with us were integrity and dedication. Integrity: are you going to do it the right way? Dedication: are you committed to your craft? As a sales manager, Chase spends much of his time building relationships and networking. He walked us through a mock phone call, which helped give the team a 'visual' of how to build a sales networking relationship in less than five minutes. He encouraged us to always be prepared for an opportunity, keep our network top of mind, have gratitude - Hand Written Thank You Notes! - and surround ourselves with people who are smarter and wiser than us. You never want to be the smartest person in the room!


Learn more about the USG Academy, Impact Weekends, or membership! If you have any questions, contact a USG staff member here!


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