Damon Lukaszewski has always loved sports, especially baseball. Fortunately, he has been able to follow his passions as a sports management and leadership major at Viterbo University and a pitcher on the V-Hawks baseball team.
“As a student, I’ve learned about the other aspects of sports and sports business, and it’s really piqued my interest,” said Lukaszewski, a senior from Cashton with a minor in marketing. “Eventually I would love to work in social media for a Major League Baseball team. After graduation, I plan to start in the low minor leagues if I have to and work my way up. That’s my dream right now.”
Lukaszewski was very familiar with Viterbo when deciding which college to attend. The university is located only a half hour from his hometown, and both his parents (Luke ’00 and Mary ’98) are alumni of the university and loved their experiences as students. He also received a scholarship from the school, and enrolling at Viterbo gave him the opportunity to realize his goal of playing collegiate baseball.
As it is for many students, the Wisconsin Grant and other financial aid helps to make Lukaszewski’s education possible and ensures he’ll graduate with a modest and manageable amount of student loan debt. He is also working to finance his education, both as a Viterbo tour guide and at a retailer off campus.
“I usually do the tours for the prospective students interested in playing baseball,” he said. “That’s fun, and I speak their language.”
Lukaszewski is very happy with his Viterbo education. The university experience continues to run strong in his family, as his father is also currently a student in the Master of Arts in Education graduate program. His father is employed as a teacher and his mother works in health care.
In his spare time, Lukaszewski enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and following his favorite team, the Milwaukee Brewers. His favorite Brewers of all time are retired catcher Jonathon Lucroy and his current star pitcher and 2021 Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes.
Viterbo University business faculty member Kwangho Park knows Lukaszewski well and is very confident he has as a bright future.
“Damon is always well-prepared and enthusiastically involved in class,” Park said. “He is a student-athlete, and not afraid of hard work or the challenges faced in my classes. I have absolutely no doubt he will be successful in a sport-related business field.”