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TPGF Fellow: Mollie Lane

Sep 14, 2017   //   by Laura C   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Comments Off on TPGF Fellow: Mollie Lane

The following story was submitted by Mollie Lane, a 2017 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Name: Mollie Lane

School: Brown University Class of 2017

Job or Internship: Social Impact Intern at Weber Shandwick, Hostess at the Players’ Club in the Capital One Arena

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

When I graduated from college, I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted to do professionally. As a former collegiate Division I athlete and all-around sports enthusiast, I knew that the sports business industry fascinated me. After being connected with Del and The Perfect Game Foundation, he helped me to narrow my interests, network with other professionals in the field, apply and for various positions, prepare for interviews, and set myself up for success. To put it simply, Del is one of the most incredible mentors I have ever had. He could not have been more personable, reliable, honest, and invested in my job search. Without The Perfect Game Foundation, I would not have had nearly as many opportunities as it relates to networking and determining a career path. 

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

The sports business can often be a challenging industry to break into, however, it’s important not to be discouraged, especially if it is something you are passionate about. There are so many different avenues and opportunities within the sports industry, but it may take some persistence. It’s critical to take advantage of all networking opportunities and be a sponge for learning. There is something that you can take away from each and every conversation, even if it doesn’t seem like something that interests you. And finally, don’t burn any bridges and build a rapport with everyone. Make the most out of any and all connections and opportunities!

TPGF Fellow: Hila Pridan

Jun 9, 2017   //   by Laura C   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

The following story was submitted by Hila Pridan, a 2017 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Name: Hila Pridan

School: James Madison University ’18

Job or internship: Development Intern at PublicRelay

How did working in The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

Del is much more than a career mentor- he is a friend. When we first met, Del and I connected over our mutual passion for hockey and sports. Since then, The Perfect Game Foundation has accelerated my career passion of data analytics by guiding me towards an internship that works to develop essential skills in the information technology industry. I cannot thank Del enough for seeing potential in me and spending the time to find the perfect internship match. From chatting about sports to preparing for interviews, Del has been an incredibly generous mentor and friend.

What advice would you pass on?

Never stop growing both technically and socially.

Technically, in an increasingly competitive job market, knowledge really is power. There will be times when you are not the most qualified candidate for a job, but your motivation to learn will be the reason you are selected.

Socially, being friendly goes a long way! Developing social skills in a professional setting is key to building a strong professional network. Who knows- maybe you will make a friend along the way.

Thank you, The Perfect Game Foundation, for the selfless help and support along the journey.

TPGF Fellow: Ngozi Monu

Aug 8, 2016   //   by Laura C   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Comments Off on TPGF Fellow: Ngozi Monu

The following story was submitted by Ngozi Monu, a 2016 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Ngozi-MonuName: Ngozi Monu

School: University of Washington

Job or Internship: Inside Sales Representative, Portland Trail Blazers

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

From the moment I met Del, he has been a tremendous influence in my life. During my senior year of college I was very overwhelmed and stressed out about finding a career in sports but Del made my process so much easier. From setting up informational interviews with influential people in the sports industry, to sending me job postings, Del was of great guidance to me every step of the way. He frequently checked up on me as well and made sure I had all the resources I needed to be successful. Even though I only met Del a year ago, it seems like I’ve known him my whole life. He has been an amazing mentor and friend, and I’m so thankful for the positive impact he has left on my life.

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

Working in the sports industry is extremely competitive and can be very frustrating at times but my biggest piece of advice is to network as much as you can and never ever give up. If this is the career path you know you want to take, work hard, keep the faith, and your efforts will be rewarded! I thought right out of college I would have a job lined up, but it took me two extra months of networking and applying for various positions before I lined up a job. Networking is imperative to be successful, so make sure to utilize all your resources because you never know who might know someone within the organization you might want to work for.




TPGF Fellow: Liam Gibney

Jan 15, 2016   //   by Laura C   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

The following story was submitted by Liam K Gibney, a 2016 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Liam-GibneyName: Liam K Gibney

School: The Albany Academy (16′)

Job or Internship: Columbia University, Masters of Science in Sports Management Internship

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

Working with The Perfect Game Foundation helped me to find an ideal and very intricate internship at Columbia University. This is an opportunity that I would not have otherwise obtained. Del Wilber was the backbone in helping me to acquire such a great internship. It was through personal discussions with Del that we found the right internship for me.

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

The best advice I can give someone who is working in sports is to always keep an open mind. Sports are continuously changing and therefore futuristic and abstract thought is always valuable in the sporting world. Lastly, always ask questions. No matter how vast your knowledge of the sporting world is, there is always key information that others can provide you with that can help you in the long run.




TPGF Fellow: Susie Tucker

Jan 13, 2016   //   by Laura C   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Comments Off on TPGF Fellow: Susie Tucker

The following story was submitted by Susie Tucker, a 2016 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Susie TuckerName: Susie Tucker

School: The University of Mississippi ’14, The University of Central Florida; DeVos Sports Business Management Program ‘16

Job or Internship: Inside Sales, Memphis Grizzlies

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

During my first semester of graduate school, I reached out to Del after stumbling upon TPGF’s website and within a few days he called. At the time I had no idea I was about to receive the greatest mentor I have ever had. He really took the time to get to know me and gave me the best guidance I could ask for. From networking opportunities, job interviews and choosing between offers, Del helped me every step of the way. Even though Del and I have never had the opportunity to meet in person, I feel as if I have known him for years. I am still so humbled by Del’s generosity and dedication to empowering the next generation of sport leaders.

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

Show your expertise, but stay humble and grounded. You aren’t always going to know the answer to everything, so don’t be afraid to ask. Plus, nobody likes a know-it-all. Listen to what everybody has to say and don’t discount or belittle their ideas or comments. Being nice goes a long way, too. People like nice people, and if you’re nice to everyone you’re going to get ahead.




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