TPGF Fellow: Erin Mancini

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Erin Mancini

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

  • Name: Erin Mancini
  • School: Virginia Tech
  • Job or Internship: The First Tee

How did working with the Perfect Game Foundation help you?

With the help of Del Wilber Jr. and The Perfect Game Foundation, I was finally able to pursue my dream of working in the sporting world. Mr. Wilber proved to be an invaluable resource and a wonderful mentor. He helped me to find and apply for positions that I would never have found without him. Coming in as a girl just finishing her freshman year of college, I did not have much faith in my ability to get a job. However, once I started working with TPGF, I always felt like a priority and that this was an organization that would not settle for anything less that total success. Mr. Wilber was set on helping me to find an internship, he pursued several leads including one with a non-sports focus, because it included my other areas of interest. He made the time to get me an internship that I would love and the one I got was through a connection of his. This experience allowed me to expand my network and knowledge of how job hunting works. It was an invaluable experience and I am so grateful to have gotten this opportunity

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

Anyone who is seriously interested in working in the sporting world needs to be dedicated. There are plenty of jobs out there, sometimes they just aren’t the easiest to find or they aren’t right for you. Do not be afraid of rejection. Chances are you will have to try a couple of times to finally get your success story, but in the end it is worth the time and energy put in.

"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).