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TPGF Fellow: Carlin Haidinger

Jun 22, 2013   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

The following story was submitted by Carlin Haidinger, a 2013 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Carlin-HaidingerName: Carlin Haidinger

School: The University of Georgia

Job or Internship: Summer Intern at Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN)

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

The Perfect Game Foundation and Del Wilber helped me attain an internship of a lifetime. Del helped me come in contact with sport professionals in the area I was interested in pursuing. He was a great mentor and really took the time to guide me and give me feedback to help me pursue my goals of working in the sports industry. My internship at MASN gave me great insight into the sports broadcasting business. I am so grateful to Del and The Foundation, because without all of their support, I wouldn’t have had the chance to experience an internship of a lifetime.

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

Network. Network. Network. If there was one thing I have learned through my internship is that working in the sports industry is very hard to do unless you know people in the business. Every new person you meet, don’t hesitate to introduce yourself and get their card, you never know, that same person could offer you a job later on in your career.

TPGF Fellow: Andrew White

Jun 9, 2013   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

The following story was submitted by Andrew White, a 2013 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Andrew_WhiteName: Andrew White

School: George C. Marshall High School, Falls Church, VA; Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business: Double Major: Management and Business Information Technology

Job or Internship: Summer Intern at Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) Baltimore Orioles

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

Mr. Del Wilber and The Perfect Game Foundation have played an instrumental role in my life for two years now. When I was a junior in high school, I was fortunate enough to meet Del. Ever since our first meeting, Mr. Wilber has graciously offered me his assistance and I cannot thank him enough for the services he has provided. The Perfect Game Foundation has exposed me to the sporting industry at young age. Additionally, it has helped me to develop my future career aspirations and to find the business school that will put me in the best position to secure a job out of college. The foundation has also assisted me financially and has funded the costs that are associated with my summer internship. Without Mr. Wilber and The Perfect Game Foundation, I would not be nearly as educated about the industry as I am now. The networking and the professional contacts that I have been able to make through their help is astonishing. It is safe to that without Mr. Wilber’s help, I would not be in the position that I am in today.

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

My biggest piece of advice to others that aspire to work in sports is to get started as early as possible. Through my previous internships, I have been able to recognize the importance of networking in sports. It is not necessarily all about what you know, but rather who you know. Having a solid education is certainly important, but it is your professional contacts that will land you a job interview. For that reason, it is crucial to begin working and interning as early as possible. My other piece of advice is to never be discouraged and to have a positive view on things. In order to land jobs of great significance, it is essential to first get your foot in the door and to then work your way up. Plus, having a strong work ethic is a strong characteristic trait, and will surely make you more attractive to perspective employers in the future.

TPGF Fellow: Tyler Chamberlain-Simon

Mar 28, 2013   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

The following story was submitted by Tyler Chamberlain-Simon, a 2013 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

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Name: Tyler Chamberlain-Simon

School: Tulane University

Job: Operations Statistician, STATS LLC

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

Del Wilber Jr. has been instrumental in building and solidifying my professional baseball network.  Working with The Perfect Game Foundation has introduced to a wealth of contacts that I would not have otherwise.  Professional baseball is a difficult business to break in to and

having Del Wilber Jr. as a mentor in this process has made me much more confident in my job search.  It is comforting to know that as I enter the baseball industry, I have someone who I can rely on that has relevant experience and will give me knowledgeable advice.  I am incredibly fortunate to work with such a selfless and supportive individual as Del.  I can’t thank The Perfect Game Foundation enough for all of their help!

What advice would you pass on to others to aspire to work in sports?

I would advise those looking to work in sports to network with as many people as possible within the industry.  You never know how or when an opportunity may present itself, especially in an industry that changes so much from year to year. I would also recommend getting as much experience as possible in any capacity.  Any experience in the sports industry will be better than none when it comes time to apply for a job.  Finally, I would suggest keeping up to date with what you are interested in.  I think employers are impressed when they see someone who is passionate enough to be knowledgeable of recent topics and trends in an industry.

 

TPGF Fellow: Josh Herzenberg

Mar 23, 2013   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

The following story was submitted by Josh Herzenberg, a 2013 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.
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Name: Josh Herzenberg

School: SUNY Oneonta, undergraduate; Georgetown University, graduate

Job or Internship: Intern, Advanced Scouting, Washington Nationals

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

The Perfect Game Foundation was a wonderful outlet that exposed me to many opportunities within the sports industry, opportunities that I never thought I would be able to experience. For example, the foundation was instrumental in connecting me with the individuals at the Society for American Baseball Research, which then resulted in the opportunity to attend the 2012 Baseball Winter Meetings as an intern in Nashville. TPGF has allowed me to strengthen my resume and my network within the industry to such an extent that I never thought would be possible at this nascent stage in my professional career. I will be eternally grateful for the work that Del and everyone involved at TPGF has done for me as I continue further in the industry.

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

If you are truly passionate about obtaining a job in a specific field, then you must work at it. Dedication and perseverance are crucial elements in obtaining an opportunity that you desire. If you work hard and continue to pursue what you desire, things will turn out in your favor. Don’t underestimate the importance of networking and the small details involved in the business world. And most of all, be sure to enjoy the process…you’re pursuing an opportunity you have a passion for, and that’s awesome.

TPGF Fellow: Kelsy Reitz

Feb 15, 2013   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

The following story was submitted by Kelsy Reitz, a 2013 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Kelsy ReitzName: Kelsy Reitz

School: UNC Wilmington

Job or Internship: Event Coordinator for the NFL

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

Last year I had the pleasure of meeting Del Wilber of The Perfect Game Foundation. When I met Del I was fresh out of college with the hopes of one day finding a position in the sports industry.

From the moment I sat down with Del I knew that he was going to be a huge asset in helping me develop a successful career path. He was patient, listened and gave me tips and ideas that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Del went out of his way to facilitate meetings and interviews for me all over the east coast, he introduced me to numerous professionals in the industry, wrote recommendation letters, sent me information on where to search for jobs and so much more.

In working with Del an email never went unanswered and a phone call never went unreturned. Del’s commitment and passion to help people grow and thrive in this industry is unlike any other. Del was and still is a fantastic mentor that I would recommend to anyone looking to pursue a career in sports!

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

Work hard, stay on top of everything and NETWORK. It is so important to get out there and meet with people.
This day in age it is so easy for your resume to get lost in the bunch. Having the opportunity to develop relationships with working professionals not only will work to your advantage in possibly getting a job but you will have the chance to LEARN from them.

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