After working his way up the ladder of his education, Joe Cannavale is preparing for another climb—this time, to the top of New York City.
The graduate assistant in Lynn University's College of Business and Management has been training this academic year for the Third Annual Tower Climb at One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. The fundraising event, sponsored by the Stephen Siller Tunnel-to-Towers Foundation, features participants climbing the 102 flights of stairs all the way to the One World Observatory, 1,247 feet from the ground level, atop what many Americans still call the “Freedom Tower.”
“This is a great way to raise money to continue to support the nation’s first-responders and service members, as well as raise awareness for the continued needs of the families of the victims of 9-11,” says Cannavale, a Boca Raton native, who turns 24 two days before Independence Day. “No way will you see me in an elevator this semester in the Indimi International Business Center!”
The event will come as Cannavale finishes up his course of study in the Master's in Business Administration at Lynn. That will complete Cannavale’s Boca Raton educational trifecta—Spanish River High School (where he was part of the state champion tennis team), Lynn bachelor’s and MBA degrees.
“Back when I was looking at colleges, I searched all over for a great sports management program and I found Lynn’s program right here in Boca Raton,” says Cannavale, who eventually decided to stay local for college. “I love connections you make here at Lynn, the small class sizes, the internationalism of the campus. There are so many reasons I love Lynn.”
Now, as he completes his MBA, Cannavale will look to turn his jam-packed resume into a long career in the sports industry.
“Looking back, I never thought that I would be able to have the chance to do what I did, like work for the Dolphins and work with ESPN. Lynn University really helped to give me those opportunities.”
Of course, before he continues to climb the ladder of opportunity, Cannavale has a few more stairways to climb. One hundred and two of them, to be exact.
For more on Team Cannavale’s climb, go to team cannavale.