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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.

 

 

 

TPGF Fellow: Liam Gibney

Jan 15, 2016   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

The following story was submitted by Liam K Gibney, a 2016 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Liam-GibneyName: Liam K Gibney

School: The Albany Academy (16′)

Job or Internship: Columbia University, Masters of Science in Sports Management Internship

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

Working with The Perfect Game Foundation helped me to find an ideal and very intricate internship at Columbia University. This is an opportunity that I would not have otherwise obtained. Del Wilber was the backbone in helping me to acquire such a great internship. It was through personal discussions with Del that we found the right internship for me.

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

The best advice I can give someone who is working in sports is to always keep an open mind. Sports are continuously changing and therefore futuristic and abstract thought is always valuable in the sporting world. Lastly, always ask questions. No matter how vast your knowledge of the sporting world is, there is always key information that others can provide you with that can help you in the long run.

 

 

 

TPGF Fellow: Susie Tucker

Jan 13, 2016   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Comments Off on TPGF Fellow: Susie Tucker

The following story was submitted by Susie Tucker, a 2016 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Susie TuckerName: Susie Tucker

School: The University of Mississippi ’14, The University of Central Florida; DeVos Sports Business Management Program ‘16

Job or Internship: Inside Sales, Memphis Grizzlies

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

During my first semester of graduate school, I reached out to Del after stumbling upon TPGF’s website and within a few days he called. At the time I had no idea I was about to receive the greatest mentor I have ever had. He really took the time to get to know me and gave me the best guidance I could ask for. From networking opportunities, job interviews and choosing between offers, Del helped me every step of the way. Even though Del and I have never had the opportunity to meet in person, I feel as if I have known him for years. I am still so humbled by Del’s generosity and dedication to empowering the next generation of sport leaders.

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

Show your expertise, but stay humble and grounded. You aren’t always going to know the answer to everything, so don’t be afraid to ask. Plus, nobody likes a know-it-all. Listen to what everybody has to say and don’t discount or belittle their ideas or comments. Being nice goes a long way, too. People like nice people, and if you’re nice to everyone you’re going to get ahead.

 

 

TPGF Fellow: Connor Starrs

Dec 31, 2015   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Comments Off on TPGF Fellow: Connor Starrs

The following story was submitted by Connor Starrs, a 2015 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

connor_starrsName: Connor Starrs

School: University of Georgia

Job or Internship: Account Executive for Legends Sales and Marketing

How did working with the Perfect Game Foundation help you?

The Perfect Game Foundation was a tremendous help to me in my job search. Under the guidance of Del Wilber and TPGF, I never felt overwhelmed or pressured. Instead, I felt over prepared and extremely motivated. Del never hesitated to help. I am forever grateful for the mentorship and guidance that I have received from Del and TPGF.

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

In pursuing a business career in sports, it is important you understand this process is going to be more competitive and difficult than any game you played in. Similar to playing in the game, your attitude and work ethic are the most important part. You must stay positive and be ready for obstacles that may come your way. You must stay persistent. A job is not going to come out of thin air. Check the job boards daily. Use your already existing relationships. Stay in contact with those in the business. You never know when there is going to be a job opening.

Furthermore, you have to build relationships. Go meet with people already in the business. If you have the choice between a phone call and a face-to-face meeting, you need to always choose the face-to-face meeting. Be presentable and come prepared with questions.

Most importantly, TPGF and Del want to help. Don’t hesitate to call or email. They have been in the same position as you. They are there to help; however, it is up to you in what you to do with their guidance.

Keep your head up and go get it!

TPGF Fellow: Tristam Osgood

Dec 30, 2015   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Comments Off on TPGF Fellow: Tristam Osgood

The following story was submitted by Tristam Osgood, a 2015 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Tristam-OsgoodName: Tristam Osgood

School: Oberlin College ’16

Job or Internship: Amateur Scouting Intern, New York Yankees

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

I first reached out to Del at the end of my junior year of college hoping to learn more about the business of baseball. Del and the enormous professional network that he has developed at TPGF were an incredible resource for me and instrumental in my success. Del was there for me every step of the way and introduced me to people involved in scouting, data analytics, and Spanish language as I searched for my path in baseball. Del makes the TPGF Fellow feel as if he has been waiting his whole life to help you find your passion and break into your chosen industry.

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

  1. First and foremost, you can never meet and network with too many people. Success in baseball (and in pretty much every other profession) is about developing and nurturing relationships that allow you to grow your network and learn from people that have more experience and knowledge than you. Del and the TPGF allowed me to develop the requisite professional base needed to reach out to people in baseball and establish meaningful and long-lasting connections.
  1. Del preached this to me and I think that there is no better advice to someone looking to break into the baseball industry. MLB teams are looking to hire people that they believe can “add value” to the organization. Whether your passion is in scouting, player development, analytics (or on the business/marketing/HR side), you need to show teams HOW you can provide value to them with an independent work sample/project that displays your skill set and interests. Having a strong work ethic with an attention to detail and ability to work on a team are prerequisites for the job…what sets you apart is a demonstrated skill coupled with a work sample that proves that you can provide added value to the organization on Day 1 of your new job/internship.
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