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TPGF Fellow: Elizabeth Schulz

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

The following story was submitted by Elizabeth Schulz, a 2011 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Name: Elizabeth Schulz

School: Undergrad — Concordia College – Moorhead, MN; Grad — DeVos Sport Business Management Program, University of Central Florida

Job or Internship: Ticket Sales and Premium Seating Associate, Minnesota Timberwolves

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you? It was great to know that I had people on my side during the job search. The Perfect Game Foundation was willing to help open doors for me in any way that they could and helped keep me updated on the latest job openings. They helped me to connect and speak with different people in the industry which was a great way to network. Those connections helped me to get my first position.

What advice would you pass on (pay forward !) to others to aspire to work in sports? Surround yourself with positive people who want you to succeed. Find mentors or people in the industry who are willing to help you. Be patient, keep working hard, and do absolutely everything to the best of your ability.

TPGF Fellow: Cassandra Phillips

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

The following story was submitted by Cassie Phillips, a 2011 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Name: Cassandra Phillips

School: Lynchburg College

Job or Internship: PR Assistant Buffalo Communications, a Billy Casper Golf company

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. Through the process of obtaining an internship I have gained connections and experience in the world of sports business and the job hunt process. The foundation has provided me with quick feedback, and assisted me in finding a great summer internship through online searches, face to face meetings, and passing along my search to sports businesses. The Perfect Game Foundation broadened my ability to find and obtain an internship that I want.

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

Do not be lazy! Put in the effort to find something you are passionate about and pursue it! An internship will not find you, you must find it. The best way to get what you want is to go after it.

TPGF Fellow: Doug Fowler

Jan 11, 2012   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

The following story was submitted by Doug Fowler, a 2011 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Name: Doug Fowler

School: University of Virginia

Job/Internship:  sales associate, inside sales

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

Before working with The Perfect Game Foundation, I had limited knowledge of and few contacts in the sports industry. The Perfect Game Foundation put me in touch with multiple people in different parts of the industry with varying backgrounds. This built my network of sports contacts and educated me about the endless job and internship possibilities in the sports world. This exposure helped me focus my sports career path in a way that I am forever indebted.

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

Talk to as many people who work in sports as possible and apply to every job that interests you. Take whatever is offered to you and work as hard as you can.

TPGF Fellow: Djuan Bragg

Jan 11, 2012   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

The following story was submitted by Djuan Bragg, a 2011 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Name: Djuan Bragg

School: University of Central Florida, DeVos Sport Business Management Program

Job or Internship: multiple offers

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

The Perfect Game Foundation has afforded me many incredible opportunities. At the outset, the Foundation provided assistance which enabled me to attend the Pittsburgh Sport Sales Combine. At the combine I was able to audition, network and interview with representatives from numerous sports organizations leading to several opportunities for a career within the sports industry. My relationship with the Foundation has been instrumental in directing my future and mentoring my professional development. The Perfect Game Foundation has not only been an advocate for my career aspirations but I consider the Foundation to be a friend as well.

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

The sports industry is a dynamic, growing, and ever changing field. Finding a mentor and an advocate can be the difference between trying to work in sports and actually working in sports. There are several qualities which are vital to being successful not only in sports but in today’s business climate. These qualities are ethics, diligence, education, and perhaps most importantly a mentor to help navigate a difficult but immensely rewarding career path.

A Sense of Ownership

Jan 11, 2012   //   by admin   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

The following story was submitted by Aaron J. Gearlds, a 2011 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

This past November, Francisco Arocha granted me the opportunity to visit the Tiburones organization in Venezuela. Mr. Arocha is one of the owners of the Tiburones de La Guaira baseball team who presented me my first encounter with the Venezuelan Winter Baseball System. I met Mr. Arocha through The Perfect Game Foundation, where he is a member of the advisory council.  The Perfect Game Foundation works with those who aspire to have a business career in baseball by providing mentors along with financial assistance for internships and courses of study in sports.  Mr. Arocha along with Del Wilber, president of The Perfect Game Foundation, became my mentors; a gift I am most grateful for.

During my trip to Venezuela I had the opportunity to see five different teams play: Los Tiburones, Leones, Magallanes, Tigres, and Los Cardenales. The games were amazing and the passion the fans displayed was breath taking.  I learned that there is so much rich history behind each team that distinguishes its fan base. For instance, because the Tiburones have been playing at their current stadium for over 50 years, many of their Venezuelan players grew up as fans. Another tradition embraced by the Tiburones culture is the band that plays at every home game. The members of the band are unpaid, dedicated fans. They are children and grandchildren of the original band members whom have kept the tradition going for more than 30 years. Their loyalty and dedication truly impressed me.

The Tiburones allowed me to spend time with both their baseball and business operations.  On the baseball operations side I learned about the rules and regulations that are set for the Venezuelan Winter Baseball League.  There are many rules put into play to protect the professional baseball players from being overused, however the most interesting rules regarded the weekly line-ups. Each week there can only be a certain amount of American players on the active roster for each team.  These American players can be replaced as needed by the team throughout the course of the week. With such a short season there’s a big push for teams to win as much as possible.  This usually leaves a very small window for American players to get adjusted and be productive on the field.  The native players are the spotlighted athletes of the league.  Most of these players grew up playing in the parallel league, which is the minor league system for the winter baseball teams.

The business operations side of the Tiburones was run much like teams here in the United States. The team received majority of their revenue from sponsorships and network deals.  The network contracts are handled by the league and are divided up amongst each of the teams in the Venezuelan Winter Baseball League.  Ticket sales are always important because it’s a direct source of revenue for any sports team.  On the other hand, merchandising is a big challenge for the Tiburones organization due to third party distributers selling similar team merchandise for a much lower price in the surrounding areas outside of the stadium.  Even though the merchandise isn’t authentic it’s still a big hit amongst the fans and therefore cuts into the revenue that can be made by the Tiburones organization.  With all the daily challenges encountered by the team, they still manage to present a unique and exciting experience for the fans.

In all my years of playing baseball I had never been in such an exciting setting as the one I experienced during my time in Venezuela. The fans were extremely passionate about their teams win or lose.  Each and every one of the fans seemed to have a sense of ownership in their respective team.  This brought about a level of passion that I cannot accurately describe.

I truly enjoyed my time in Venezuela learning about the Winter Baseball League.  I express my sincerest gratitude to Mr. Francisco Arocha for opening up the doors of the Tiburones de La Guaira baseball organization for my learning experience.  I am especially grateful for the staff of this great organization that made me feel like I was a part of the Tiburones family.  I am extremely appreciative for the opportunity given to me by The Perfect Game Foundation and I am proud to say that I am a newly found fan of the Tiburones de La Guaira baseball team.

Vamos Tiburones!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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