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TPGF Fellow: Coral Marshall

Mar 20, 2012   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

The following story was submitted by Coral Marshall, a 2012 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Name: Coral Marshall

School: California State University, Long Beach

Job or Internship: Upper Deck Company, Customer Relations

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

It never seemed too late (or early) to get in contact with Del Wilber and TPGF. Having mentors such as Del and Vince Gennaro has proven invaluable not just in sport, but in life itself. I cannot thank them enough for always listening to me, and providing me with sage advice.

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

Always do your best- at the end of the day, your name is going on what you produce, and quality work products speak for themselves.

TPGF Fellow: Kaley Pendley

Mar 19, 2012   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

The following story was submitted by Kaley Pendley, a 2012 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Name: Kaley Pendley

School: University of Florida, undergraduate; University of Central Florida, graduate

Job or Internship: The Aspire Group, Sales Consultant, Georgia Tech FRMC

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

TPGF got my career started. The Foundation helped sponsor me to attend the Pittsburgh Sports Sales Combine where I was able to train and meet with over a dozen sports teams and managers. It opened my eyes to endless opportunities. I was still in grad school and was able to accept a part-time offer from the combine. Since then, I have moved to Atlanta to work with The Aspire Group, another organization I interviewed with at the combine. I have grown my network tremendously from TPGF giving me the chance to attend the combine in Pittsburgh. We all know…it is who you know, who knows you, what you can do, and how well you can do it mixed with hard work and a high level of integrity. Currently, TPGF keeps in touch with me to see how I am doing. They offer endless help and I am blown away with how special they make me feel. I am so thankful to have been introduced to such a wonderful foundation and I am flattered they want to help me anyway they can.

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

The world in general is very small, especially the world of sport. Everyone is connected and everyone knows everyone. TPGF is a perfect example of paying it forward. They will give and give and give. What I have taken from my life experience as well as work experience is that you need to get to know people and build relationships with them. The more people you build a connection and relationship with, the more people will know what you do. They will lookout for you and refer you to others. This will open up endless opportunities. Jobs will come to you. Soon, you will be helping others get jobs and you will be providing the opportunities for them. Someone helped us, now we need to help those that follow. Also, make sure to work on your sales skills no matter what current job or position you hold. Life is all about sales…you must learn to sell yourself, your ideas, or your product.

TPGF Fellow: Morgan Holleran

Feb 25, 2012   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

The following story was submitted by Morgan Holleran, a 2011 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Name: Morgan Holleran

School: Arizona State University

Job or Internship: Event Manager for TEAM Coalition

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

TPGF and Del Wilber offered confidence and support throughout my job search. By providing projects to keep me focused and involved in the sports and entertainment industries, TPGF kept my mind geared toward achieving m ultimate goal of finding employment within those industries. I was linked with Del Wilber through a member of TPGF’s Board of Directors, and Del took on a supportive, mentoring role from the very first conversation. Del went out of his way to help in any capacity he could, I could not have achieved this goal without him and TPGF.

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

The most important piece of advice is to first reflect on your strengths, weaknesses, and personal goals. From there, if you are willing to pay your dues, it is all about the four P’s: You must have an innate Passion for working in sports. You must be Purposeful in your job search and networking efforts. You must be Patient in your job search because it can be a long road. Most importantly, you must be Perseverant and see your goal through to the end.

TPGF Fellow: Bryant Mortimer

Feb 25, 2012   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

The following story was submitted by Bryant Mortimer, a 2011 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Name: Bryant Mortimer

School: Roanoke College

Job or Internship: Fundraising for TPGF/Game Day Customer Service Washington Capitals

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

TPGF has helped me in just about every way imaginable. They have opened doors that have led to building an ever growing networking database, along with providing financial aid to attend sports industry conference events. The greatest gift TPGF has given me is the confidence to go out in the job market and really show employers that I would be a strong asset to their company. The Perfect Game Foundation is made up of character first people who truly want the best for you and your career.

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

The best advice I could give to others who aspire to work in sports would be to be patient and keep a positive outlook on the situation. With every new person you meet in the industry the bigger your networking web will grow, resulting in more opportunities in the future.

TPGF Fellow: Brady Johnston

Jan 25, 2012   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

The following story was submitted by Brady Johnston, a 2011 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Name: Brady Johnston

School: University of Toledo

Job or Internship: Baseball Operations Internship – California Winter League

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

TPGF has helped mentor me in my career endeavors by consistently guiding me towards various opportunities, which led me to an internship with the California Winter League. I was given good, sound advice which I use and will continue to use going forward. TPGF also helped put me in contact with others in the baseball industry – networking is very important and this was very beneficial. As if everything the Foundation did wasn’t enough, I was also given a generous grant for my time in California which was a huge help to me and my family. I can’t say enough good things about The Perfect Game Foundation.

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

Personality may open doors, but character keeps those doors open. Everyone needs a break or someone to help them to get to any level of success in life. If you are lucky enough to be on the receiving end of that generosity, make sure you remember to reciprocate the gesture in the future. Working in sports is a privilege so never take it for granted.

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