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TPGF Fellow: Graham Tyler

Jun 17, 2012   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Comments Off on TPGF Fellow: Graham Tyler

The following story was submitted by Graham Tyler, a 2012 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Name: Graham Tyler

School: Brown University ‘12
Bachelor of Science with Honors, Applied Math-Economics

Job or Internship: Assistant, Baseball Operations Tampa Bay Rays

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

The Perfect Game Foundation has opened numerous opportunities within baseball that I never even knew existed, let alone would have been able to pursue on my own. For example, through TPGF’s connections I was fortunate enough to attend this year’s Baseball Winter Meetings in Dallas as an intern for the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). This was not only an amazing experience, but provided me the opportunity to meet with numerous MLB executives and people working in the business of baseball. Furthermore, TPGF’s extensive connections in the game ensure that when I pursue opportunities in baseball my credentials will be in the hands of top personnel backed by the support of TPGF, rather than submitted blindly along with hundreds of other resumes. Finally, TPGF has provided invaluable guidance throughout the whole process that has taught me a great deal about how best to approach employers and develop relationships within the business of baseball. Gaining employment in baseball relies on developing a broad an intimate network of connections within the game and TPGF provides the support and access necessary for this to happen.

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

The economics of the job market within the sports industry are decidedly skewed against aspiring workers because there are so many people vying for so few jobs. Therefore, making connections and gaining access to important people is imperative to setting yourself apart from the competition and getting a foot in the door. My advice for aspiring sports professionals is to focus on developing as many connections as possible within the industry, no matter how insignificant or irrelevant they may seem at the time. Even if someone cannot offer a position immediately, just seeking advice and getting to know that person will ensure that she thinks of you down the road if an opportunity does present itself. You never know which connection will be the one that leads to an opportunity that will jumpstart your career.

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TPGF Fellow: Erin Mancini

May 20, 2012   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Comments Off on TPGF Fellow: Erin Mancini

The following story was submitted by Erin Mancini, a 2012 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Name: Erin Mancini

School: Virginia Tech

Internship: The First Tee

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

With the help of Del Wilber Jr. and The Perfect Game Foundation, I was finally able to pursue my dream of working in the sporting world. Mr. Wilber proved to be an invaluable resource and a wonderful mentor. He helped me to find and apply for positions that I would never have found without him. Coming in as a girl just finishing her freshman year of college, I did not have much faith in my ability to get a job. However, once I started working with TPGF, I always felt like a priority and that this was an organization that would not settle for anything less that total success. Mr. Wilber was set on helping me to find an internship, he pursued several leads including one with a non-sports focus, because it included my other areas of interest. He made the time to get me an internship that I would love and the one I got was through a connection of his. This experience allowed me to expand my network and knowledge of how job hunting works. It was an invaluable experience and I am so grateful to have gotten this opportunity

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

Anyone who is seriously interested in working in the sporting world needs to be dedicated. There are plenty of jobs out there, sometimes they just aren’t the easiest to find or they aren’t right for you. Do not be afraid of rejection. Chances are you will have to try a couple of times to finally get your success story, but in the end it is worth the time and energy put in.

TPGF Fellow: Lynnlee Jewell

Apr 30, 2012   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

The following story was submitted by Lynnlee Jewell, a 2012 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Name: Lynnlee Jewell

School: University of South Carolina

Job or Internship: Andy Frain Services

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

While attending a conference in New York, I was told to get in contact with The Perfect Game Foundation. When I followed through, I received more than I could have imagined. The contacts I have made are more then just that, they are mentors and friends. I have been fortunate enough to make great connections, and be offered some incredible opportunities. The Perfect Game Foundation has been there for me every step of the way to weigh my options, and support all of my decisions. I know that I have made a lifelong relationship, and have a family within the industry.

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

Anyone seriously interested in this industry needs to get out there and do it. Network as much as possible. While networking though, make real relationships, not just “What can they do for me?” connections. Set your aspirations high, but be willing to do the dirty work with no complaints to get there. Get involved with anything and everything. The skills obtained in experience are so interchangeable. Try to always stay positive. I had a previous internship that was far from the greatest, but I turned it into a positive experience and grew so much because of it. Finally, be sincere and listen. You never know who you may be talking too, and you never know what advice may stick with you for the rest of your life.

TPGF Fellow: Madison Meade

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The following story was submitted by Madison Meade, a 2012 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Name: Madison Meade

School: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Job or Internship: Marketing Internship: San Francisco 49ers

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

Del Wilber Jr. and TPGF represent the epitome of benevolence. Day in and day out, Del has been helping me pursue my dreams of working in the sports industry. There was never a moment when Del was not available to chat on the phone, help me or introduce me to someone new. His hard work, dedication, kindness, and enthusiasm has landed me a great opportunity with the 49ers and taught me the importance of “paying it forward”.

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

My daily mantra is, “Actions Express Priorities”. My advice would be to be patient, have faith, always listen and continue to learn. If you are given an opportunity, go at it and work hard. Every new person you meet is important in building your network. No matter what, always stay smiling and believe in yourself; you never know what is ahead of you!!

TPGF Fellow: Chandler Macik

Apr 7, 2012   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Comments Off on TPGF Fellow: Chandler Macik

The following story was submitted by Chandler Macik, a 2012 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Name: Chandler Macik

School: American University

Internship: TV Worldwide

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

Without the Perfect Game I had a limited network of contacts and available resources to acquire an internship for the summer, but by working with Del Wilber and the Perfect Game Foundation I was successful in getting the internship I wanted. The Perfect Game got me in touch with reputable video production companies in the DC area, which are hard to come by and highly competitive for summer internships. However, I was surprised by how the companies reached out to me for an interview as well as unconditionally gave me significant advice of how to pursue a career in the DC area film industry. The Perfect Game jumpstarted my networking abilities, and gave me confidence in presenting myself as a filmmaker.

Advice: Be composed and confident when looking for job/internship opportunities. The more you actively pursue companies and put yourself out there, the more likely you will succeed in getting the desired job you want. Always keep an open-mind and stay positive no matter what happens.

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