The CSL class of 2018 on the floor of VCU’s Siegel Center
The CSL class of 2018 on the floor of VCU’s Siegel Center.

Founded on a set of five core values, the CSL is dedicated to creating the best possible student experience — and teaching our students to become leaders.

Our mission

The Center for Sport Leadership at VCU is committed to the education and preparation of future professionals in the public and private sectors of the sport industry. Through vision, teamwork, creativity, enthusiasm and innovation, our students will utilize theory, practical application and collaboration to learn the processes necessary to become the next generation of leaders in coaching and administration of sport.

Our history

Established in 1999, the Center for Sport Leadership at VCU was created to be an innovative, practical learning environment that prepares students for a successful career in the sport industry.

Modeled after VCU's highly successful Brandcenter, home to our nationally ranked graduate advertising program, the CSL launched a nontraditional sport leadership graduate program that focuses on experiential learning through hands-on experiences. 

The CSL places high value on practical experience and networking opportunities. With more than 900 graduates in the last decade, the Center for Sport Leadership has placed students in every area of the industry, including professional, intercollegiate, Olympic, nonprofit and grassroots organizations. These successful alumni provide a network to connect current students with industry leaders.

CSL students writing on clear board
CSL students writing on clear board
CSL students collaborating in the Workroom

CSL students collaborating in the Workroom

Jamal and Yousef at Orientation
Jamal and Yousef at Orientation
Jamal Davis '19 and Yousef Hattar '19 on their first day at the CSL

Jamal Davis '19 and Yousef Hattar '19 on their first day at the CSL

CSL students in front of Dublin Castle.
CSL students in front of Dublin Castle.
CSL students in front of Dublin Castle.

CSL students in front of Dublin Castle.

Alyce Bryant (‘16) working as a graduate assistant for VCU athletics communicati
Alyce Bryant (‘16) working as a graduate assistant for VCU athletics communicati
Alyce Bryant (‘16) working as a graduate assistant for VCU athletics communications.

Alyce Bryant (‘16) working as a graduate assistant for VCU athletics communications.

CSL students at Olympic Stadium in Barcelona
CSL students at Olympic Stadium in Barcelona
CSL students at Olympic Stadium in Barcelona

CSL students at Olympic Stadium in Barcelona

CSL students tackle the ropes course at Signature Team Building.
CSL students tackle the ropes course at Signature Team Building.
CSL students tackle the ropes course at Signature Team Building.

CSL students tackle the ropes course at Signature Team Building.