TPGF Fellow: Carlin Haidinger

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Carlin Haidinger

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

  • Name: Carlin Haidinger
  • School: The University of Georgia
  • Job or Internship: Summer Intern at Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN)

How did working with the Perfect Game Foundation help you?

The Perfect Game Foundation and Del Wilber helped me attain an internship of a lifetime. Del helped me come in contact with sport professionals in the area I was interested in pursuing. He was a great mentor and really took the time to guide me and give me feedback to help me pursue my goals of working in the sports industry. My internship at MASN gave me great insight into the sports broadcasting business. I am so grateful to Del and The Foundation, because without all of their support, I wouldn’t have had the chance to experience an internship of a lifetime.

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

Network. Network. Network. If there was one thing I have learned through my internship is that working in the sports industry is very hard to do unless you know people in the business. Every new person you meet, don’t hesitate to introduce yourself and get their card, you never know, that same person could offer you a job later on in your career.

"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).