The New Canaan Country School Alumni Council and Athletics Department welcomed sports enthusiasts and career hopefuls alike with a Careers in Sport panel on Mar. 4, which featured Maurice "Mo" Vaughn, NCCS Class of 1982, a former professional baseball player for the Boston Red Sox, Anaheim Angels and New York Mets and Sean McManus, Chairman of CBS Sports.

Moderated by John von Stade, Principal at Accelerated Growth Partners, the panel also featured Mary Beck, NCCS Class of 1989 and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Promotion at MLB Network, and Jon Spector, NCCS Class of 2003 and Senior Manager of Team Marketing and Business Operations at the NBA.

McManus may have grown up in a sports-focused home as the son of legendary sports broadcaster Jim McKay but he clearly cut his own path in the business of sports. "People who are successful do more than just their job," shared McManus, and he urged those starting their careers to "bring ideas to the table. Sell yourself. Get in early and stay late. Be part of the 110% solution."

According to von Stade, there are "so many tentacles in the sports business" and his advice to attendees was to "do your homework." Von Stade continued by saying candidates should "find out what the business is about" before walking in the door for that first interview.

Mo Vaughn has always kept his options open. The son of Norwalk educators, Vaughn "knew baseball wasn't going to be the end game" and he needed to stay committed to his education.

Drafted right out of Trinity-Pawling by the Philadelphia Phillies, Vaughn chose instead to attend Seton Hall University and hone his baseball skills while earning a college degree. Now the successful Managing Director of a real estate redevelopment company and owner of a transport company, Vaughn has left an indelible mark on New York City's struggling neighborhoods.

The panel finished both a Q and A session where relevant topics of social media and the compensation of college athletes were discussed as well as a networking reception.

New Canaan Country School is an independent day school serving children from Fairfield and Westchester counties in Beginners (age 3) through Grade 9. Visit www.countryschool.net.