Stephanie Weissenburger is a TPGF Fellow who is in her last year of law school in NYC. She has created a website to feature sports and entertainment stories and interviews.
Here is her story – and you can see her interviews and stories at https://www.fullcourtpresslegal.com
I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina, where I graduated magna cum laude in 3 ½ years with a degree in Sport and Entertainment Management. While there, I had the opportunity to work the coveted Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club and interned with the Gamecock Athletics Marketing team.
I was able to build upon these foundations in a legal setting at New York Law School, where I am a rising 3L. I currently serve as the Vice President of the Sports Law Society and was a member of the Mediation Clinic, where I conducted weekly mediations at the New York Small Claims Court. I learned imperative negotiation tactics and was able to perfect my communication and problem-solving skills in a professional environment. My current coursework focuses on Contracts, Intellectual Property, and Business Law, allowing me to combine my strong interest in sports with my attention to detail and ability to craft creative legal arguments.
Additionally, I have had the privilege to work for several accredited sports organizations, including the Baltimore Orioles, Monumental Sports and Entertainment, and the Washington Capitals. These experiences allowed me to develop an exceptional mix of training, knowledge, experience, and professionalism.
In working with Del at the Perfect Game Foundation, I have been introduced to so many different industry professionals and have taken their advice and incorporated it into my journey. My innate curiosity and desire to make a valuable impact as a woman in the sports industry has cultivated the making of my website. I truly believe there is always more to learn and there is no one better to learn from than those who are at the forefront of the industry. I look forward to continuing to create relationships through my “Insight with the Insiders” interview series and becoming an expert on all aspects of sports through writing blog posts. I have learned it takes a great deal of tenacity and passion to succeed, and I look forward to taking that attitude with me throughout my career.
A huge thanks to Del and the Perfect Game Foundation for motivating me to better my best every day and encouraging me that the sky is the limit! I hope you enjoy Full Court Press and I am excited to continue expanding it.
Since the beginning of time, athletics has played a vast role in my life. Growing up in the world of sports with a Pro Football Hall of Fame father, I’ve learned some of my greatest life lessons that has shaped the way I view the world which motivates me show up every day in life and compete in the corporate arena.
My first time in a stadium was in the 90’s at the infamous Kingdome, home to the Seattle Seahawks before CenturyLink Field was even a thought. At an early age, I was mesmorized by the culture, influence and impact sports had on people around the world. It was then I knew I wanted to hold a career in sports but how I was going to get my foot in the door, took several summer internships and strategic networking.
Going on 6+ years into my professional career with agency experience, I have visited every NFL stadium of each team either activating on the ground with clients at a Super Bowl (Proctor & Gamble: Head & Shoulders, Olay, Old Spice, Tide), facilitated media tours with the League’s biggest athlete’s, to executing VIP Style Lounge’s for product launches at NFL Draft and Rookie Premiere.
While the end results are rewarding, the journey has not been a cookie cutter experience but I am grateful for the relationships I’ve fostered over the years that have kept me grounded and focused in game. One of which is Del Wilber. During my transition from agency to in-house, Del has served as a great mentor and advocate, sharing a host of knowledge. The Perfect Game Foundation truly believes in their fellows and continues to invest in them to inspire the next generation to lead at a higher level.
"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).