TPGF Fellow: Melanie Smith

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Melanie Smith

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

  • Name: Melanie Smith
  • School: SSaint Mary’s College of California
  • Job or Internship: Event Staff Intern with the Golden State Warriors

How did working with the Perfect Game Foundation help you?

Working with The Perfect Game Foundation has been such a great opportunity for me. Del is such a great mentor and is there to help answer my questions and provide me with so much information on different career paths and different opportunities. While still being a college student, Del has supplied me with information and contacts to help in my future when looking for a job. Del is very committed to helping me and his contacts have allowed me to find an internship that will allow me to learn more about careers in the sports world that I hope one day to have. One thing I especially appreciate about Del is his willingness to help me with any questions I may have and he will guide me in the right direction.

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

The advice that I would pass on to others would be to keep your eyes open for opportunities that you are interested in and to go for them with all you’ve got. I’ve quickly learned how important networking is so make good relationships with others in your field and take advantage of any opportunities you come into contact with.

"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).