The Perfect Position

Some of my earliest memories involve ice hockey rinks, baseball, and softball fields. Through my father and grandfathers, I was raised not to be a fan of a specific team, but to appreciate all forms of sporting. They taught me the rules and encouraged me to ask questions.  Why did a play have a certain outcome?  Why did a referee or umpire make a certain call?  This is why I decided in elementary school that I wanted to work in professional sports, and, more specifically I wanted to be a color analyst for the New York Rangers.

Many cultural influences are generational whether it be music, clothes or television shows.  Sports, however, brings generations together.  My grandfathers and father forged a stronger bond when they taught me about sports.  When I look around the stadiums I visit, I see parents and grandparents teaching their children about the team, the play, the sport, and using sport as a metaphor for life.  Sports teaches teamwork.  Even in individual sports it takes a team of coaches, trainers, and supporters to make the athlete successful.  Sports teaches values.  It proves that if a person works hard enough and puts in the time and dedication almost anything can be achieved.

A summer internship with the Tampa Bay Storm while attending the University of South Florida led to a pivotal change in my career ambitions, and led to a decision that broadcasting was not in my future.  For one season I was mentored by the team’s Vice President of Operations.  Twelve years later, I still believe this was the best internship I could have asked for.  I had the rare and educational sports organization internship: a hands-on opportunity to learn the assortment of responsibilities that go along with working in a ten-person front office.

My biggest accomplishment came halfway through the season. My supervisor had an idea for a cheerleading clinic and she asked me to manage its creation, without dedicated funding. I was tasked with finding participants, sponsors, food, and giveaways. Since the season was during the summer, I contacted local dance and cheerleading camps and asked them to tell their campers about our clinic. I reached out to team sponsors for aid in providing food and giveaways. A few weeks later, with the help of the teams cheerleading squad, over 300 local girls and boys performed during half-time of a Storm game.

For me, one of the most gratifying aspects of working in sports is interaction with the fans and being an ambassador for the team or league I work for.  While working for the Miami Dolphins, I was able to use another skill, my comprehension of Sign Language, to improve the experience of some hearing-impaired fans.  The group had approached customer service seeking help.  Instead of requiring them to write down their questions, I was able to converse with the fans and serve as an interpreter to ensure that customer service could meet their needs.

Everyone has a dream.  Their dream wedding.  Their dream house.  Their dream vacation.  My dream is to work in sports and events, to support the work of teams and players, and enhance fans’ experiences.  I find the work extremely fulfilling when I see a child enjoying not only the plays on the field, but also the promotions and entertainment that I have worked so diligently to prepare and see come to life.

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6 Responses to The Perfect Position

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  2. Juddah Kie says:

    This is your best Blog Entry to date. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Brad Ward says:

    I appreciate and relate to your story. My mother was a professional athlete with a killer instinct for victory and improvement. She and my dad taught me to appreciate the athletes and their dedication to excelling beyond known boundaries. I also love the ideals of “team” as it relates to many focusing for a goal. I am currently in a career shift and have my eye on the great minor league and professional sports orgs near me. It would be a lifelong dream come true if I could hold a position with a team. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  4. Ed Williams says:

    Kudos for providing a different and rewarding facet of organized sports. Great job!

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  6. Evelyn says:

    all the time i used to read smaller posts which also clear their motive, and that is also happening with this paragraph which I am
    reading here.

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