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TPGF Fellow: Brenton A Nickerson

Feb 3, 2013   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

The following story was submitted by Brenton A Nickerson, a 2013 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Brenton A NickersonName: Brenton A Nickerson

School: University of Central Florida DeVos Sports Business Management Program

Job or Internship: Merchandise and Operations Coordinator

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

Working with the Perfect Game Foundation helped me to expand my personal Network. I was awarded a scholarship to participate in the Orlando Super Sales Combine. After the combine the Perfect Game Foundation has continued to help me network within the sports business realm. This has been a great experience and I have grown so much thanks to my relationship with Del and the Perfect Game Foundation.

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

Networking is key. Be sure to continue to look for opportunities to grow your personal network. In the sports industry its all about connections and relationships.

TPGF Fellow: Sean Smith

Dec 8, 2012   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

The following story was submitted by Sean Smith, a 2012 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Name: Sean Smith

School: University of Central Florida – DeVos Sports Business Management Program

Job or Internship: Programming Intern at runDisney

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

The Perfect Game Foundation and Del have helped me tremendously in the past year. In April, they allowed me to attend the Orlando Magic Sales Combine which was a great learning experience into inside sales and throughout my job search process, Del has been a mentor who has helped put everything into perspective. Del also introduced me to important people in the industry like Pat Williams and Marci Doyle who have also been a tremendous help. Del’s commitment to being a mentor and helping those who desire to work in the industry shows and with the competitive nature of this industry, having a mentor like Del on your side is invaluable.

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

It is important to network and develop relationships. Take the time to speak with those in the industry, as anyone willing to take time out of their busy schedules to speak with you is a valuable resource to take advantage of. My internship came as a result of who I knew and who I met with.

TPGF Fellow: Melanie Smith

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The following story was submitted by Melanie Smith, a 2012 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Name: Melanie Smith

School: Saint Mary’s College of California

Internship: Event Staff Intern with the Golden State Warriors

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

Working with The Perfect Game Foundation has been such a great opportunity for me. Del is such a great mentor and is there to help answer my questions and provide me with so much information on different career paths and different opportunities. While still being a college student, Del has supplied me with information and contacts to help in my future when looking for a job. Del is very committed to helping me and his contacts have allowed me to find an internship that will allow me to learn more about careers in the sports world that I hope one day to have. One thing I especially appreciate about Del is his willingness to help me with any questions I may have and he will guide me in the right direction.

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

The advice that I would pass on to others would be to keep your eyes open for opportunities that you are interested in and to go for them with all you’ve got. I’ve quickly learned how important networking is so make good relationships with others in your field and take advantage of any opportunities you come into contact with.

TPGF Fellow: Skye Tilson

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The following story was submitted by Skye Tilson, a 2012 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Name: Skye Tilson

School: Shepherd University

Job or Internship: Account Executive with the Tennessee Titans

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

Working with The Perfect Game Foundation helped me realize what opportunities where available in the sports world. The job search was very overwhelming and The Perfect Game Foundation helped me narrow down the careers I was interested in. The Foundation helped me afford my trip to the Sales Sports Combine in Tampa Bay, Florida. While at the Sports Combine I interviewed, networked, and trained with some of the top teams in sports. I was able to come away from the Sports Combine with multiple job offers.

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

The advice I would pass on would be to make the most out of every opportunity, you never know what connections and opportunities may arise. Be sure to use the sources you already have to help expand your network.

TPGF Fellow: Drew Bywater

Aug 1, 2012   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

The following story was submitted by Drew Bywater, a 2012 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Name: Drew Bywater

School: Louisiana State University (LSU) Masters Degree

Job or Internship: Dean of Students (Bay Area School)

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

The Perfect Game Foundation (TPGF) spent many hours helping me reach out to various sports organizations I wouldn’t normally be able to contact on my own. TPGF helped me connect with collegiate and professional team representatives for both career and internship opportunities until I found the appropriate fit for my personal and professional goals. In addition to providing numerous contacts, TPGF offered valuable advice for my resume building, interview preparation and helped expand my background knowledge of the sports industry.

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

Remember all the people who helped you get where you are today, someday you might be the one reading a letter from someone trying to get their foot in the door.

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