‘School spirit award’ for RSM in Barcelona MBA sporting event

MBA participants from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) won the School Spirit Award at an international sporting event for MBAs from top European business schools. The IESE Spring Games 2017 took place in Barcelona in early April. The 24 enthusiastic RSM MBA students participated in several sports, and also won the beach football and dodgeball competitions.

IESE Spring Games 2017 in Barcelona is an athletic competition among European MBA programmes, aiming to encourage school spirit and networking among the young MBA professionals. Around 800 MBA students joined the three-day event, representing top business schools including IESE Business School, ESADE, London Business School, Bocconi, IE Business School and INSEAD.

The RSM team consisted of 24 highly enthusiastic classmates from the International Full-time MBA who participated in beach football, beach volleyball, stand-up paddle boarding, volleyball, dodgeball, and basketball. RSM took the championship is beach football and dodgeball.

Loud and proud

“This was a great opportunity to get a group of friends and classmates together in a new city to broadcast all of the values that RSM stands for,” says Christian McCracken, an American/Dutch RSM MBA student.

McCracken, who is the co-president of the RSM MBA Athletics Club, said his one of his highlights included winning the beach football championship and the class celebration afterwards. “We were loud and proud, decked out in orange attire, and screaming our ‘MBA Class of 2018 chant’. Grouping together on the podium and receiving medals for our dodgeball championship will also live on in my memory,” he said.

Wins and losses

The RSM MBA team received the event’s first School Spirit Award for being the most supportive and tight-knit of all the MBA batches. At the ceremony, the IESE Student Association said: “One school arrived in Barcelona and simply blew us away. The group was small, but they were everywhere. They were full to the brim of pride for their school, but also the most embracing and friendly group of people we met. We’re honoured and proud to have met this RSM team.”

Indian RSM MBA student Abhishek Patyal said: “Representing RSM at international events is the highlight of my MBA experience. We participated not only to win games, but to win people's heart. The best part was that each one of us was present to cheer wins and losses with the same enthusiasm and intensity. We lived to the RSM spirit.”

More spirit in Paris

RSM also won the Spirit Award at the MBA Tournament 2016 in Paris. The next big sporting event for the RSM MBA Class of 2018 will be this MBA event in May 2017, hosted by HEC Paris. There will be around 15 business schools and more than 1,500 participants, including about 80 MBA students from RSM.

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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