The following story was submitted by Connor Starrs, a 2015 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.
Del Wilber Jr. has been instrumental in building and solidifying my professional baseball network. Working with The Perfect Game Foundation has introduced to a wealth of contacts that I would not have otherwise. Professional baseball is a difficult business to break in to and having Del Wilber Jr. as a mentor in this process has made me much more confident in my job search. It is comforting to know that as I enter the baseball industry, I have someone who I can rely on that has relevant experience and will give me knowledgeable advice. I am incredibly fortunate to work with such a selfless and supportive individual as Del. I can’t thank The Perfect Game Foundation enough for all of their help!
I would advise those looking to work in sports to network with as many people as possible within the industry. You never know how or when an opportunity may present itself, especially in an industry that changes so much from year to year. I would also recommend getting as much experience as possible in any capacity. Any experience in the sports industry will be better than none when it comes time to apply for a job. Finally, I would suggest keeping up to date with what you are interested in. I think employers are impressed when they see someone who is passionate enough to be knowledgeable of recent topics and trends in an industry.
"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).