The following story was submitted by Mollie Lane, a 2017 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.
When I graduated from college, I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted to do professionally. As a former collegiate Division I athlete and all-around sports enthusiast, I knew that the sports business industry fascinated me. After being connected with Del and The Perfect Game Foundation, he helped me to narrow my interests, network with other professionals in the field, apply and for various positions, prepare for interviews, and set myself up for success. To put it simply, Del is one of the most incredible mentors I have ever had. He could not have been more personable, reliable, honest, and invested in my job search. Without The Perfect Game Foundation, I would not have had nearly as many opportunities as it relates to networking and determining a career path.
The sports business can often be a challenging industry to break into, however, it’s important not to be discouraged, especially if it is something you are passionate about. There are so many different avenues and opportunities within the sports industry, but it may take some persistence. It’s critical to take advantage of all networking opportunities and be a sponge for learning. There is something that you can take away from each and every conversation, even if it doesn’t seem like something that interests you. And finally, don’t burn any bridges and build a rapport with everyone. Make the most out of any and all connections and opportunities!
"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).