Wichita State students learn backstage at NCAA’s basketball showcase

Lucy Schneider is a sports fan who played volleyball, basketball and softball at Caldwell High School and loves the Kansas City Chiefs. She watches the Wichita State University women’s basketball team with a fondness because she is a resident assistant at Shocker Hall, where four of the team’s freshmen live.

In recent weeks, she learned to watch sports on TV with a new perspective. It takes collaboration, organization, and a flair for the theatrical to pull off a big-time event.

Schneider watches the small army of people running things on the sidelines because she is now one of those people. Schneider, a junior majoring in sport management, will work as floor manager for the women’s NCAA Tournament Regional Round basketball at Intrust Bank Arena.

“Watching the games and seeing all the staff and what they’re doing behind the scenes, it’s really apparent to me now,” she said. “Something I’m really excited for … is the celebration ceremony and the trophy presentation. It’s super-interesting to me to tie in with the TV side of things, but also the arena side of things and making sure the fan experience is well throughout all aspects.”