When it comes to sports, there is something special about being in a venue on game day. There are so many possibilities – a game-tying shot, the walk-off home run, the last second Hail Mary – that gets a crowd on their feet. Growing up near a sports town, fans live and die by the teams that play there. They’re passionate, lively and dedicated. My family was a group of those fans. They were at games when the teams were on their way to championships, but, more importantly, they were supporting their teams when the on-field performance was sometimes dreadful. I was blessed with those traits, too, because I was with them on those game days. I remember the sights and sounds of a come-from-behind victory and nearly losing my voice from cheering, but I remember the saddened faces and disappointment from losing just as clearly.
When it came time to decide on a career, I remembered those days at stadiums with my family. I was two-months-old at my first professional baseball game. My grandpa taught me how to keep score in the bleachers of Tigers Stadium at a Detroit Tigers game when I was six-years-old. I remembered the sound of the cowbell and taste of a ballpark hot dog. I knew that sports was something that I wanted to focus on, and more specifically baseball.
But, growing up I always thought I’d be a teacher. Then during high school, I took my first journalism class and knew that writing was something I was also passionate about. I decided on writing as my major in college. Oddly enough, the same grandpa that taught me how to keep score when I was just six, told my mother when I was little that I was going to be a writer. I think he thought that because I scribbled on every piece of paper and handed them away as letters to my family.
In 2013, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing from Spring Arbor University (SAU). By the time I graduated, I had maxed out on all sports writing opportunities. I blogged as the school mascot, was the main contributor to the sports beat for the student newspaper and even worked in the Sports Information Director’s office. If it was sports related and involved writing, I did it whether money was involved or not. I was craving the experience.
Upon my graduation from SAU, I chose to go back to school where I received my Master’s degree in Sports Journalism form Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis (IUPUI) in the spring of 2014. During my time at IUPUI, I interned for the Publications and Communications Department of the National Federation of State High School Associations as well as spending time as an intern for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate, the Indianapolis Indians.
In January 2015, I accepted the position of Media Relations Intern with the Detroit Tigers. I went from the little girl in the stands with a scorecard to the young woman working in the press box of Comerica Park. It was a dream come true to work for the organization that made me fall in love with baseball. My time with Detroit allowed me to expand on the knowledge I gained in Indianapolis.
Following the conclusion of my internship with the Detroit Tigers, I went to Winter Meetings in Nashville to continue my search for a full-time position in baseball. While in Nashville and at the PBEO Job Fair, I interviewed with the Oklahoma City Dodgers for the position of Creative Services Copy Specialist (otherwise known as the copywriter) and accepted the position in December 2015. I officially began my new position in January 2016.
I look forward to my future in sports communications and making an impact on a baseball team’s communications department.