The following story was submitted by Connor Starrs, a 2015 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.
During my first semester of graduate school, I reached out to Del after stumbling upon TPGF’s website and within a few days he called. At the time I had no idea I was about to receive the greatest mentor I have ever had. He really took the time to get to know me and gave me the best guidance I could ask for. From networking opportunities, job interviews and choosing between offers, Del helped me every step of the way. Even though Del and I have never had the opportunity to meet in person, I feel as if I have known him for years. I am still so humbled by Del’s generosity and dedication to empowering the next generation of sport leaders.
Show your expertise, but stay humble and grounded. You aren’t always going to know the answer to everything, so don’t be afraid to ask. Plus, nobody likes a know-it-all. Listen to what everybody has to say and don’t discount or belittle their ideas or comments. Being nice goes a long way, too. People like nice people, and if you’re nice to everyone you’re going to get ahead.
"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).