I was born and raised outside Chicago, Ill. You could say I never had a choice but to be obsessed with sports. There were plenty to occupy my time just on Chicago sports alone. I grew up loving all sports but found a passion for football, basketball and hockey specifically. One of the greatest days of my life was realizing I could turn that passion into a career.
Fast forward (a few) years and I landed at Arizona State University, one of the biggest athletic programs in the country. I snagged an internship with Arizona State Sports Information and it truly was one of the best things to happen to me. I continued that internship until graduation, having concentrated on football for the past couple years. I have done everything that the Sports Information Director has done and truly value the experience it has given me. I went through a coaching fire, a coaching hire and was able to travel to Las Vegas for the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl to assist in press and publicity for the team in my final season with the Sun Devils. I graduated from ASU in December of last year with a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication, specialty in Public Relations from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
I have a multitude of professional experience as well. In 2008 after working Super Bowl XLII as a PR volunteer in Arizona I was hired as a media relations intern with the Arizona Cardinals. I was responsible for various jobs during home games as well as transcribing post-game quotes from players and coaches. I also worked around the office, interviewing opposing coaches during weekly conference calls and transcribing as needed. I was with the team during the 2008-2009 NFC Championship and traveled to Super Bowl XLIII to be a PR Volunteer in Tampa, Fla. Working in the NFL has given me so much experience in the world of professional sports and I am now very comfortable in that environment. After watching people around me do the jobs I eventually want to have I have no doubt that I am ready for the next level and to further my career at this point of my life. Through my volunteer experience working two Super Bowls I have learned the importance of networking which I see as vital in my future career not just starting out, but throughout it as well.
In September of 2011 I was hired as a PR intern with the Phoenix Coyotes. For most of the time I was with them I was assigned to take quotes from Coyotes players in the locker room, the first female intern to be assigned that duty. It was awesome getting to work in the NHL and has just furthered my professional experience as a whole. I look forward to see what’s next for me and starting on the path of my career in sports.
I now reside just outside of Los Angeles, Calif. and am actively job searching for a career in media relations or related field.