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TPGF Fellow: Connor Starrs

Dec 31, 2015   //   by Laura C   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Comments Off on TPGF Fellow: Connor Starrs

The following story was submitted by Connor Starrs, a 2015 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

connor_starrsName: Connor Starrs

School: University of Georgia

Job or Internship: Account Executive for Legends Sales and Marketing

How did working with the Perfect Game Foundation help you?

The Perfect Game Foundation was a tremendous help to me in my job search. Under the guidance of Del Wilber and TPGF, I never felt overwhelmed or pressured. Instead, I felt over prepared and extremely motivated. Del never hesitated to help. I am forever grateful for the mentorship and guidance that I have received from Del and TPGF.

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

In pursuing a business career in sports, it is important you understand this process is going to be more competitive and difficult than any game you played in. Similar to playing in the game, your attitude and work ethic are the most important part. You must stay positive and be ready for obstacles that may come your way. You must stay persistent. A job is not going to come out of thin air. Check the job boards daily. Use your already existing relationships. Stay in contact with those in the business. You never know when there is going to be a job opening.

Furthermore, you have to build relationships. Go meet with people already in the business. If you have the choice between a phone call and a face-to-face meeting, you need to always choose the face-to-face meeting. Be presentable and come prepared with questions.

Most importantly, TPGF and Del want to help. Don’t hesitate to call or email. They have been in the same position as you. They are there to help; however, it is up to you in what you to do with their guidance.

Keep your head up and go get it!

TPGF Fellow: Tristam Osgood

Dec 30, 2015   //   by Laura C   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Comments Off on TPGF Fellow: Tristam Osgood

The following story was submitted by Tristam Osgood, a 2015 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Tristam-OsgoodName: Tristam Osgood

School: Oberlin College ’16

Job or Internship: Amateur Scouting Intern, New York Yankees

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

I first reached out to Del at the end of my junior year of college hoping to learn more about the business of baseball. Del and the enormous professional network that he has developed at TPGF were an incredible resource for me and instrumental in my success. Del was there for me every step of the way and introduced me to people involved in scouting, data analytics, and Spanish language as I searched for my path in baseball. Del makes the TPGF Fellow feel as if he has been waiting his whole life to help you find your passion and break into your chosen industry.

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

  1. First and foremost, you can never meet and network with too many people. Success in baseball (and in pretty much every other profession) is about developing and nurturing relationships that allow you to grow your network and learn from people that have more experience and knowledge than you. Del and the TPGF allowed me to develop the requisite professional base needed to reach out to people in baseball and establish meaningful and long-lasting connections.
  1. Del preached this to me and I think that there is no better advice to someone looking to break into the baseball industry. MLB teams are looking to hire people that they believe can “add value” to the organization. Whether your passion is in scouting, player development, analytics (or on the business/marketing/HR side), you need to show teams HOW you can provide value to them with an independent work sample/project that displays your skill set and interests. Having a strong work ethic with an attention to detail and ability to work on a team are prerequisites for the job…what sets you apart is a demonstrated skill coupled with a work sample that proves that you can provide added value to the organization on Day 1 of your new job/internship.

TPGF Fellow: Alexandra Assaf

Apr 8, 2015   //   by Laura C   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Comments Off on TPGF Fellow: Alexandra Assaf

The following story was submitted by Alexandra Assaf, a 2015 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

IMG_4967Name: Alexandra Assaf

School: Duquesne University 2014 (B.A Business Marketing)

Job or Internship: Game Night Services for the Washington Capitals

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?
Working with The Perfect Game Foundation helped me get my first break in sports! Without Del’s assistance and use of networking, I would have never been given a chance to start with Monumental Sports. Even now, I still have Del’s continued support in helping me further my career in sports. I am so blessed to have been given this opportunity, and am thankful for organizations like The Perfect Game Foundation who have helped people like me achieve their goals in sports!

What advice would you pass on (pay forward !) to others to aspire to work in sports?
If you are as passionate about sports as I am, then all the time and effort that you put into looking for a job is worth it! The great thing about The Perfect Game Foundation is that they make your job search a lot easier. I believe that networking is the key to getting recognized—it’s all about who you know! Thankfully, the members of The Perfect Game Foundation know many people ☺

TPGF Fellow: Ian Obici

Mar 28, 2015   //   by Laura C   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Comments Off on TPGF Fellow: Ian Obici

The following story was submitted by Ian Obici, a 2015 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

Ian ObiciName: Ian Obici

School: University of Alabama ’14 (B.A. Business Marketing)

Job or Internship: Ticket Sales Representative, Washington Redskins

How did working with The Perfect Game Foundation help you?

I began speaking with Del in early February when I was searching for careers in the sports industry. His passion for helping young job seekers shined through in our very first phone conversation. He offered me unwavering support without blinking an eye. Del gave me a great amount of insight regarding sports marketing and helped me connect with professionals in my field of interest. His guidance was a huge factor in helping me land a position with my favorite professional football organization. I cannot thank Del and The Perfect Game Foundation enough for helping me get a jumpstart into the sports business.

What advice would you pass on to others who aspire to work in sports?

Stick with it. It’s hard to stay persistent in such a fast-paced industry, but it’s important to keep the end goal in mind. It’s imperative that you are willing to go the extra mile to achieve your dreams. Take full advantage of your connections and network as much as possible. Make sure you are knowledgeable about current events in the sports industry as well. It will all pay off in the end.

TPGF Fellow: Matt Schumacker

Jan 19, 2015   //   by Laura C   //   TPGF Fellows  //  Add a Comment

The following story was submitted by Matt Schumacker, a 2014 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.

IMG_2963Name: Matt Schumacker

School: Butler University ’14 (B.A. Electronic Journalism)

Job or Internship: Director of Media Relations/ Broadcasting Johnson City Cardinals

How did TPGF help you?

Del and I connected in late August via the St. Louis University High School Alumni Association. Ever since then Del has constantly been involved in my job search process, setting up phone calls with industry professionals, emailing me job postings, or just checking in periodically to see how things were progressing. The main connection Del and I have is that we both graduated from the same high school. Yet, Del extended two helping hands like he’d known me all my life. Recently, Del sent a letter of recommendation on my behalf to the Johnson City Cardinals. There is no doubt in my mind that his support was a key factor in me getting the job. I cannot thank Del and The Perfect Game Foundation enough. I feel blessed to be part of such a generous, influential network of sports industry professionals.

What advice would you pass on to other who aspire to work in sports?

It can be frustrating at times when trying to get your first real break in the sports industry. If this is what you really want to do don’t get jaded. The key is to keep being persistent. Work all of the angles and work smart. Think about the connections you have and how those people might be connected to the jobs/internships you are pursuing. A family friend and very successful businessman recently offered me this invaluable nugget of advice, “If the front door isn’t open, try the back door. If the back door isn’t open, find a side window to go through.” Be creative. Be persistent.

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