Bearcat Athletic Support Experience (BASE)

The Bearcat Athletic Support Experience (BASE) program is aimed to give students from all academic fields of study the opportunity to work and gain practical experience in several athletic career areas. The program is open to all prospective new students who will be coming to McKendree University for the Fall 2013 semester.

An award of $2,500 per academic year is available for those who qualify for the BASE program. APPLY NOW

McKendree University is in the third and final year of transition to NCAA Division II membership. The Bearcats are in their first year as members of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Within the last several months, McKendree has expanded its sports programs to include men’s volleyball, women’s wrestling and bass fishing, bringing the total number to 24.

The BASE program will serve as a complement to the University’s existing sport management program. Students who are accepted into the BASE program can be assigned to one of several areas of work responsibilities. They include:

Sports Information

Students can assist with website maintenance, write game and feature stories, photograph games and contests, keep and maintain statistics, and post updates and notices on social media outlets.


Students will have the opportunity to serve as a play-by-play announcer or color analyst for Bearcat athletic events, handle public address duties or interview players and coaches for video clips to air on the McKendree athletics website.

Sports Marketing

The focus in this segment will include special event planning, pre-game and halftime entertainment, and enhancement of the game-day experience.

Sport Business Management

Students will have the opportunity to experience the business side of an athletics department. Individuals could learn about team budgeting, fund raising and the preparation of travel arrangements for different athletics programs.

Team Management

This area includes filming of games for coaching staff and player review, preparing highlight videos and assisting with practice duties for assigned teams.

Sound interesting? Contact the Office of Admission today or fill out the BASE program questionnaire to apply for this great new program.