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Happy Holidays!

Dec 28, 2017   //   by Caitlin Fischer   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

THE PERFECT GAME FOUNDATION® sends you all good wishes for this Holiday Season and
shares with you some thoughtful insights from an Advisor and some of out Fellows.
We thank you for you support.

Best Wishes,
The Perfect Game Foundation


Betsy Nagelsen McCormack
In her own words

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. It’s the time to celebrate the birth of Christ. It’s the season to singsongs of joy and to bless my family and friends with gifts. Christmas is also the time when I’ve received my greatest “gift.” December is the special month my lovely daughter Maggie was born. It’s been said its “better to give than to receive.” I believe this.

Maggie and I try to practice “giving” every month – not only in December – because so much has been given to us. As a former professional tennis player, I feel it’s my life’s purpose to “give” back to the game of tennis. I do this through my training facility, R&B Tennis, located in Wellington, FL. We try to prepare young and aspiring players for careers in professional tennis and equally important, for the game of life. I’m thrilled to be part of The Perfect Game Foundation and its work.


Mallory Cecil

In her own words

Playing a sport and working in the Business of Sports are two very different experiences.
Having played tennis collegiately and professionally, I knew that I wanted to start
my career in the Sports Industry, but I did not have a clue where to start.
I was first introduced to the Perfect Game Foundation as a junior in college, when
I was starting to consider career opportunities. Seven years later, and into my
career, TPGF is still my most valuable resource when I am seeking career mentorship
and networking. The wealth of knowledge and genuine desire to help young professionals
succeed is what I love most about this foundation, and why I am proud to be a part
of it. I have also had the privilege to speak with upcoming/recent graduates who
are looking for the same kind of mentorship and insight I was seeking when I was
in their position. I currently work in Operations for the Women’s Tennis Association
(WTA), and my intern at the moment, is a young lady that I was connected with through
the foundation. The quality of talent that comes through the program speaks for
itself. The Perfect Game Foundation is one that keeps on giving.


Liam Gibney

In his own words

Ever since I was old enough to understand the complexities of the sports industry,
I have been fascinated with it. Since I was young, it has been my goal to work in
sports because I have always been told that there is nothing better than loving
what you do for a living. The Perfect Game Foundation has aided me by giving me
a crucial push in the right direction in gaining both experience and exposure within
the sporting world.

Through the Perfect Game Foundation, I was able to take on an internship at Columbia
University in the Sports Management Graduate Program. I worked for the office of
Vince Gennaro, who is the Dean and Director of the program. Gennaro is the President
of The Society of American Baseball Research (SABR), and the author of Diamond Dollars:
The Economics of Winning in Baseball. My experience at Columbia helped me to not
only develop my skill set within the sports industry and to experience a professional
office environment but also helped me to begin developing a network of relationships
with professionals and graduate students in the field of sports business from whom
I can learn as I progress.

This holiday season, I wish to stress the importance of what it means to have a
family and that we should never take it granted. My family has given me more than
I could ever ask for, but most importantly they have given me unconditional love
and support. That is something that no one could ever put a price tag on, and it
is something that I owe everything to. That is why this holiday season I ask that
when you get together with your family, make sure that you remind them that you
love them and that you are thankful for everything that they do.

Max Gaitan
In his own words

Sport and exercise is central to my life, both personally and professionally. My
passion for endurance sports led me to complete a Master’s in Exercise Physiology.
Starting in January, I will be taking my sport and exercise skills off the field
and into the research lab, where I’ll study the impact of exercise on Alzheimer’s

This Holiday Season I’m especially grateful for the work of The Perfect Game Foundation,
which has vastly expanded my professional network. My involvement with the Foundation
will undoubtedly impact my career path for years to come, as I’ve been given the
opportunity to meet individuals from all corners of the sport industry. Everyone
I’ve encountered through the Foundation embodies the ideals of giving and service
to others, and I hope that in this Holiday Season and New Year we all continue to
grow in these ideals.


Mollie Lane
In her own words

Wishing you and yours a healthy, happy, fulfilling Holiday Season!
After graduating this past May from Brown University, I now work as a Junior Associate in the healthcare practice at Weber Shandwick. Over the past summer, Del and The Perfect Game Foundation were key in helping me navigate my career path. As a former collegiate Division I lacrosse player and all-around sports enthusiast, I knew that the sports business industry fascinated me. Del helped me to narrow my interests, network with other professionals in the field, apply and for various positions, prepare for interviews, and set myself up for success. While I did not end up in sport business, I learned that it’s critical to take advantage of all networking opportunities and be a sponge for learning. There is something that you can take away from each and every conversation, even if it doesn’t seem like something that interests you. And finally, don’t burn any bridges and build a rapport with everyone!

TPGF Fellow: Mollie Lane

Sep 14, 2017   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Comments Off on TPGF Fellow: Mollie Lane

The following story was submitted by Mollie Lane, a 2017 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Name: Mollie Lane

School: Brown University Class of 2017

Job or Internship: Social Impact Intern at Weber Shandwick, Hostess at the Players’ Club in the Capital One Arena

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

When I graduated from college, I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted to do professionally. As a former collegiate Division I athlete and all-around sports enthusiast, I knew that the sports business industry fascinated me. After being connected with Del and The Perfect Game Foundation, he helped me to narrow my interests, network with other professionals in the field, apply and for various positions, prepare for interviews, and set myself up for success. To put it simply, Del is one of the most incredible mentors I have ever had. He could not have been more personable, reliable, honest, and invested in my job search. Without The Perfect Game Foundation, I would not have had nearly as many opportunities as it relates to networking and determining a career path. 

What advice would you pass on (pay forward!) to those who aspire to work in sports?

The sports business can often be a challenging industry to break into, however, it’s important not to be discouraged, especially if it is something you are passionate about. There are so many different avenues and opportunities within the sports industry, but it may take some persistence. It’s critical to take advantage of all networking opportunities and be a sponge for learning. There is something that you can take away from each and every conversation, even if it doesn’t seem like something that interests you. And finally, don’t burn any bridges and build a rapport with everyone. Make the most out of any and all connections and opportunities!

TPGF Fellow: Hila Pridan

Jun 9, 2017   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

The following story was submitted by Hila Pridan, a 2017 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Name: Hila Pridan

School: James Madison University ’18

Job or internship: Development Intern at PublicRelay

How did working in The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

Del is much more than a career mentor- he is a friend. When we first met, Del and I connected over our mutual passion for hockey and sports. Since then, The Perfect Game Foundation has accelerated my career passion of data analytics by guiding me towards an internship that works to develop essential skills in the information technology industry. I cannot thank Del enough for seeing potential in me and spending the time to find the perfect internship match. From chatting about sports to preparing for interviews, Del has been an incredibly generous mentor and friend.

What advice would you pass on?

Never stop growing both technically and socially.

Technically, in an increasingly competitive job market, knowledge really is power. There will be times when you are not the most qualified candidate for a job, but your motivation to learn will be the reason you are selected.

Socially, being friendly goes a long way! Developing social skills in a professional setting is key to building a strong professional network. Who knows- maybe you will make a friend along the way.

Thank you, The Perfect Game Foundation, for the selfless help and support along the journey.

Q &A with TPGF Fellow Caitlin Fischer

May 24, 2017   //   by Caitlin Fischer   //   Q & A with TPGF, TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

Caitlin and the Foundation connected early last summer with the assistance of TPGF Advisor Hank Torbert. She is a UVA graduate whose hometown is Leesburg, VA. Early on Caitlin assisted TPGF with the TPGF Golf Tournament at TPC Potomac in July and followed that by becoming the Editor/Publisher of “The Inside Pitch” Foundation newsletter. She took a job working for Bessemer Trust in Chicago in April and is setting into the Windy City quickly! An enthusiastic athlete, coach and sports fan her favorite baseball team is the St Louis Cardinals!

TPGF – Caitlin, you’re a UVA grad. Tell us how you selected UVA and give us a few comments on college life in Charlottesville?

Great question, right off the bat! There is just one disclaimer: I did grow up a Hokie because my mom played basketball for Virginia Tech. However, I remember visiting UVA for the first time in the sixth grade and I was in awe of the Rotunda, the Lawn, and the sheer kindness of those in the community. The atmosphere and academics seemed to fit my character and what I found was I wanted a well-rounded education that was focused on the liberal arts and the humanities paired with applied coursework.
My parents were very supportive and not once did my mom dissuade me from attending Mr. Jefferson’s university (she rightfully encouraged it!). Truth be told, I met the greatest people on the Grounds at UVA and thoroughly enjoyed every second of my undergraduate career. Charlottesville is rather near and dear to my heart and the best a college town has to offer. GO HOOS!

TPGF – We know you’re a basketball coach in your spare time – how did you get started doing that?

Basketball has been a huge part of my life. My mom absolutely loved the game and I was always around it growing up, whether it was playing it or watching it. I started coaching in high school because one of my friends asked if I would help out with a developmental league. I loved kids and sports, but I was a little apprehensive at first about coaching third grade boys. My friend and I continued to coach 3rd, 4th, and 7th grade boys teams in the Loudoun County area during my high school years. This past winter, my mom and I coached my younger brother’s freshmen high school team. My mom is truly the greatest coach – teaching the fundamentals, the importance of playing good defense, and how those who give the most heart and are humble about their successes will be the greatest players. I also have to say it was great coaching my little brother because of his attitude and level-headedness.

TPGF – What other sports did you play and what do you do now when you work out?

Soccer and basketball were my two main sports. I started playing soccer at age four on an all boys team in because I missed the sign-up for the girls league since I was moving to Charlotte, NC. I always played basketball growing up but I started playing in a league in third grade once I moved back to Northern Virginia. I preferred team sports because of the camaraderie and the friendships. Nowadays, I try to keep up with running, I really like long, endurance runs because as they are as good mentally as they are physically

TPGF – As you started your job search there were several career paths options that you found interesting. How did you finally settle on Wealth Management?

I knew I wanted to work for a firm where I would feasibly be able to help and serve others. My first semester of my fourth year in college, I was looking into private equity because of how intriguing the line of work seemed to be. However, I found that those roles had minimal relationship development and were heavy on the quantitative side for an entry-level analyst position. I rerouted to exploring marketing positions, but I found that those firms were also serving relatively large clients. In regards to wealth management, my dad’s background was in private wealth management and I was able to see how appreciative and grateful he was for his clients and even to this day he keeps in close contact. I also had the pleasure of speaking with Mike Okun at Bessemer Trust, who was a tremendous help in not only passing along my information, but describing Bessemer as a firm that is bar none in the industry today. I could not be happier and I absolutely love the people and the type of work I am doing on a day to day basis at Bessemer. Private wealth is the perfect medium for those who are both social and analytical but want a more personal business relationship and that is what I found I enjoyed the most. I am very, very thankful for this opportunity and the people who supported me along the way.

TPGF – What advice do you have regarding the ‘search process’ for those who follow you?

Patience is a virtue. That is by far the biggest piece of advice I can give. However, I may add that you have to actively pursue or at least “keep swimming,” throughout the entire process. Also, do not underestimate mentors, I have been so lucky to have so many great people who truly want me to succeed and who have given me opportunities I otherwise would have never had.

TPGF – You’ve moved into a new city – Tell us about that process?

It has been a major change, especially since I am so close to my family and friends back on the east coast. My move has made me appreciate how much I have even though I moved to a completely new city. My parents were extremely supportive, along with the rest of my family and friends. Fair warning: when you visit home, everyone will have a million and one questions to ask you. I would say, once I settle down and get into the swing of things I will feel more at ease. What is nice is that there are so many areas to explore and things to do in Chicago – there is never a dull moment!

TPGF – Rumor has it that you may be a STL Cardinals fan? Is that true? How did that happen since you grew up in the DC area?

One hundred and ten percent true! My dad grew up in a small farm town about an hour outside of St. Louis. From a very young age, I was told the only baseball team I could cheer for was the Cards. I can’t complain because they are one of the most well respected sports franchises.

TPGF – Any advice you have for those about to go through the interview process? Both with regard to finding jobs of interest and the interview itself?

As aforementioned, you have to be patient and there is nothing wrong with being particular during the process, as long as you are willing to take the time and put forth the effort. In regards to the interview, I would say you have to show up to the interview with questions that really make the interviewers think. Especially in regards to their firm and the culture they try to instill. Moreover, read up on what is happening in the news about their firm and do not be afraid to ask loaded questions because you should be interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you. Also, the more and more you fine tune your story the easier it will be able to convey that you are interviewing for the right reasons and not just because you had a time slot. You always have to be mindful of other people’s time and graciously thank them!

TPGF – The Foundation believes strongly in ‘Pay it Forward’ – you subscribe to that concept?

Absolutely! No question about it.

TPGF Fellow: Ngozi Monu

Aug 8, 2016   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Comments Off on TPGF Fellow: Ngozi Monu

The following story was submitted by Ngozi Monu, a 2016 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Ngozi-MonuName: Ngozi Monu

School: University of Washington

Job or Internship: Inside Sales Representative, Portland Trail Blazers

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

From the moment I met Del, he has been a tremendous influence in my life. During my senior year of college I was very overwhelmed and stressed out about finding a career in sports but Del made my process so much easier. From setting up informational interviews with influential people in the sports industry, to sending me job postings, Del was of great guidance to me every step of the way. He frequently checked up on me as well and made sure I had all the resources I needed to be successful. Even though I only met Del a year ago, it seems like I’ve known him my whole life. He has been an amazing mentor and friend, and I’m so thankful for the positive impact he has left on my life.

What advice would you pass on (‘Pay it Forward !) to others to aspire to work in sports?

Working in the sports industry is extremely competitive and can be very frustrating at times but my biggest piece of advice is to network as much as you can and never ever give up. If this is the career path you know you want to take, work hard, keep the faith, and your efforts will be rewarded! I thought right out of college I would have a job lined up, but it took me two extra months of networking and applying for various positions before I lined up a job. Networking is imperative to be successful, so make sure to utilize all your resources because you never know who might know someone within the organization you might want to work for.





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