Marywood University alum Nick Macano attended the Team USA Symposium at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs during Marywood's spring break in 2020. While searching for internships, Macano came across the Team USA Symposium website and registered for the event.
Macano said, “I will absolutely attend this event again next year, as it was a great opportunity to network, to gain insights into how others in the exercise science field got their starts, and it gave a lot of valuable information about how Team USA professionals train top-level athletes.”
The Team USA Symposium, which is held annually at the Colorado Springs Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, is a three-and-a-half-day event that offers attendees the opportunity to learn more about the “Team Behind the Team.” Throughout the conference, participants hear from employees of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and National Governing Bodies (NGBs), participate in various sport experiences, and network with staff at the career and internship fair. This annual event is the only conference of its kind that provides an in-depth look at the functions and operations of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements.
Prior to graduating from Marywood University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Macano attended Palmyra-Macedon High School, Palmyra, N.Y., and attended Finger Lakes Community College, where he began his studies in athletic training. Taking some time off between community college and entering Marywood University, Macano said, “I found the transfer process to be an easy one. I researched colleges, visited Marywood, met with faculty members and counselors, and as soon as I returned home, I filled out an application for admittance.”
Macano also serves as an officer for the Exercise Science Club and works for Athletic Republic, Moosic, where he is a sports performance coach and aids high school and college athletes. He is looking forward to pursuing a career in the strength and conditioning field post-graduation.