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