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Ryan Black


Originally from Ocean Spring, Mississippi, Ryan Black ’22 is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in business with a minor in sports management.

“For the last few years, I always knew that owning a business is something that I really wanted to do. I also love working with people and felt that a business major would give me lots of opportunities to connect with others. I chose sports management as a minor because I love sports and would love to intertwine both business and sports into a future career,” said Black.

Why Holy Cross College

“The original reason I was attracted to Holy Cross College was the men’s basketball program,” notes Black. “After doing my research on the school, I was also attracted by the academic opportunities provided here as well. What really separated Holy Cross from other schools was knowing that it was a place where I could achieve my goals and maximize my potential both on the court and in the classroom.”

Campus activities

“I am a part of Student Government as a Senator. My main role is to help voice the opinions of off-campus students in Student Government meetings. I chose to join Student Government because I felt it was a great way to get involved on campus and to help students have a voice,” said Black. “I am a member of the Black Student Association (BSA) at Holy Cross. I joined BSA because I love people and believe in equality for all. I am also a member of the Real Estate Club at Notre Dame. I felt as if joining this club was a good way to learn more about real estate, and make connections. Lastly, I am a proud member of the Holy Cross College men’s basketball team. We strive to be absolute role models in representing Holy Cross College as high achievers in the classroom, leaders in the community, and winners on the court.”

Impactful moment

“I’ve been a basketball player my entire life. It’s something that I love unconditionally and that I’ve always been good at. In my freshman year of college, I played for a really good Junior College team and ended up sitting on the bench for the majority of the year. While this experience was really tough for me, it changed my life for the better. I learned many values such as humility, patience, faith, and most importantly, hard work. Not only did it light a fire inside of me to work harder than ever before as a basketball player, but also as a student. Because I felt like my ability to compete on the basketball court was taken from me, I made a conscious effort to compete in the classroom and to be the best student I could possibly be. Never in my life had I applied myself to reach my full potential as a student. My hard work paid off as I managed a 4.0-grade point average (GPA) for both my freshman and sophomore years of college. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve continued to strive to be the best I can be not only in sports but also in school,” notes Black.

Future plans

“After I graduate, I plan to further my education and get a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. After obtaining that degree, I want to work with a sports organization or agency. I am also interested in real estate and want to own my own business in the future,” commented Black. “In the recent future, my plan is to graduate from Holy Cross College in the spring. I then plan to attend a school where I can get my MBA and continue to play basketball for one more year. I then plan to find a job that I enjoy. In the distant future, I hope to live in the South or near my parents/family, I also envision myself getting married and having a family one day.”

"What really separated Holy Cross from other schools was knowing that it was a place where I could achieve my goals and maximize my potential both on the court and in the classroom.”