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TPGF Fellow: Kira Jones

Jun 3, 2014   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

The following story was submitted by Kira Jones, a 2014 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Kira_JonesName: Kira Jones

School: University of Southern California Master’s of Specialized Journalism (Sports & Society)

Job or Internship: TV Academy Foundation’s Student Internship Program

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

My first interaction with Del came last year when I was working for a startup sports training device company. He was an invaluable resource because not only did he provide me with a ton of information about marketing and licensing, but when he didn’t know the answer to a question he would connect me with someone who did. Now that I’m in the process of searching for jobs, Del has been so helpful by letting me bounce ideas off of him and providing insight into the sports world. I’ve known I wanted to work in sports for years, but am still trying to decide in exactly what capacity. Del has opened my eyes to opportunities I’d never even considered.

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

Always remember what inspired you to work in sports in the first place. Usually a career in sports means crazy hours and lots of hard work, but if you’re passionate about what you’re doing it will be a lot of fun! Also, be nice to everyone—networking is especially important in the sports world and you never know when you might make a great connection with someone just because you smiled and said hello.

 

 

TPGF Fellow: Cameron Vitulli

May 12, 2014   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

The following story was submitted by Cameron Vitulli, a 2014 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Cameron_VitelliName: Cameron Vitulli

School: University of Tennessee

Job or Internship: Ticket Sales and Promotions intern, Nashville Predators

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

The Perfect Game Foundation and Del Wilber did everything they could to help me take my first big steps into the sports industry. Mr. Wilber gave me tremendous confidence in myself and my abilities. The added confidence helped me make the necessary connections so that I could land the internship of my dreams. Mr. Wilber filled me in on the necessary steps to get ahead in my career. I will always remember Mr. Wilber and his efforts to help me succeed in sports. Now that I have my foot in the door, I will never look back and I owe it all to Del Wilber and The Perfect Game Foundation.

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

Always be presentable. Networking is a key not only in your career, but also for the rest of your life. Don’t hesitate to go out and work for what you want. Develop relationships with everyone and everything because you never know how it could benefit you in the future. Do not waste your resources and get the most you can get out of your environment/connections, it’s a valuable asset that will always help you in the future.

 

TPGF Fellow: Amber Ingram

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The following story was submitted by Amber Ingram, a 2014 fellow of the Perfect Game Foundation.

20140422-090653.jpgName: Amber Ingram

School: Lynchburg College ‘15

Job or Internship: Graphic Design Intern, Sparky’s Garage

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

The Perfect Game Foundation has helped me tremendously by creating new opportunities for my future career in graphic design. When I was introduced to Del Wilber, he immediately helped me with my quest to find the right internship that would benefit my career and sharpen my abilities. His willingness to get to know me and help me through the entire process has been both rewarding and educating. Working with Del and the Perfect Game Foundation has allowed me to gain experience in the job hunting process and also has provided me with new business connections.

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

Start looking and contacting businesses way in advance! It is tough to get a response sometimes, but remember, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.”

TPGF Fellow: Elizabeth Crisan

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The following story was submitted by Elizabeth Crisan, a 2013 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Elizabeth-CrisanName: Elizabeth Crisan

School: University of Maryland ‘09

Job: Guest Services, Monumental Sports Entertainment

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

My experience with the sports industry was incredibly limited, regardless of the fact that I was working within the PGA TOUR. When I was introduced to Del Wilber, he completely opened my eyes to the vast options that were available to me and my various strengths. I was so fortunate to have Del help me contact the right people in order to better understand what would be expected of me before I made a more permanent step into the sports world.

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

Hard work and networking are so important to maintain your skills and pipeline. Make sure you find some way to stand out, whether it is a diverse and full resume or an unforgettable personality. It is so important to know what your opportunities are and to take full advantage of them, so starting early is also very key to making your way to your dream position.

TPGF Fellow: Greg Haas

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The following story was submitted by Greg Haas, a 2013 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

20130824-090707.jpgName: Greg Haas

School: Lawrence University 08’, Manhattanville 15’

Job: Group Event Specialist, Philadelphia 76ers

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

Working with TPGF helped me to maintain my focus through my entire job search. TPGF aided me in creating a path to follow to achieve my career goals. They also helped me outline the necessary steps needed to achieve my desired career. I was so lucky to have the tools and insider access and introductions I received that I never would have otherwise made. Also the vote of confidence I received from Del and all those associated with him kept me motivated, focused and patient so that I could focus on the daily tasks required to get myself on the path that I am currently heading down.

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

Take advantage of every available networking opportunity, and be sure to develop as many relationships as possible within the industry. Also be sure to do your due diligence of researching your genuine interests, and interviewing and contacting as many experienced people as possible so you can map out the most direct route to your career goal. Once you have put it all together then have an attack plan and make sure you take advantage of consulting your resources as they ultimately will help you be prepared as possible. Do not give up, always keep your end game in sight, and continue to build your staircase towards success.

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