The Perfect Game Foundation has provided me with unlimited resources, such as networking with industry professionals and obtaining indelible work experiences. Del’s guidance and support has allowed me to develop my personal and professional career deeply and become confidently immersed within the sport and entertainment industry. I am extremely lucky to be supported by him, Fellows, and the members of the Foundation. I am forever grateful for this experience!
The sports industry is an extremely competitive and flourishing environment. Because of this, you have to be a hard-working and diligent natural goal seeker. This industry greatly values motivated and passionate individuals, and involvement is something that will provide you with a competitive edge.
The sport and entertainment department internship director here at UofSC always says “If you graduate with a 4.0 GPA seeking a job with no work experience, you’re screwed. If you have a 3.0 GPA with a solid resume and work experience, the opportunities are endless.” This is especially true for the sports industry. My best advice to those seeking a career in the sports industry would be to work and be open to doing anything to get your foot in the door. Actively pursuing opportunities to discover what sport or position you are best fit for and spending the time to understand why you want to work in sports will be extremely beneficial to you. It’s not about who you know, it’s about who knows you, so utilize your connections from those work experiences and always be willing to obtain more experience and meet more people. This industry can be challenging at times, but it is so rewarding to be doing something you love every day.
"There is no substitute for Excellence – not even success. Success is tricky, perishable and often outside our control; the pursuit of success makes a poor cornerstone, especially for a whole personality. Excellence is dependable, lasting and largely an issue within our own control; pursuit of excellence, in and for itself, is the best of foundations,” The Heart of the Order, by Thomas Boswell (Doubleday, 1989).