Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Day In the Life.....Intern.....Sports Edition

Sports Day Life

Last week I started my Day In the Life Sports Edition. I had my amazing husband talk to you about what he does on a day to day basis, and how I may be a gold digger. (Love you bb)

Today I have the amazing and wonderful Kasey from Kasey at the Bat. If you haven't met her you need to get over there ASAP, but wait until you've finished this post though. Thanks! 

Hey! I’m Kasey, a baseball junkie and former Trainee with the Atlanta Braves. I blog over at Kasey at The Bat and I’m here to tell you about a day in the life of a baseball intern! Technically the Trainee program is a little more than an internship but a little less than a forever job. Obviously, this is my personal experience and is by no means anything to officially represent the organization.

So this article is a little tough for me to write, because there are never two days that go the same way! So my dream has always been to work in the Community Affairs department for the Atlanta Braves and I realized that dream at 24. I’m going to walk you through a typical game day with an event [which was pretty much every game day for our department!]

First and foremost I would have to start the day with at least one cup of coffee, sometime between A-ball and the Majors I developed a serious caffeine addiction. I’m pretty sure that anyone who works in baseball and can manage it without coffee is either lying or a wizard. Next up, we have to start set up for whatever event we have going on. This includes everything from making sure tickets are printed to following up with vendors and probably unloading a van or two.

After making it through the pregame checklist for the event, it’s time to prepare for the actual game. This includes putting together goody bags for people who ordered a special message to go on the LED boards during the game, pulling silent auction items, creating and printing the bid sheets, and making sure all of the paperwork was printed and ready for the 50/50 Raffle. Once I have all of that handled, I’m back to preparations for the pregame event.

The department is a small one, so our events depended heavily on some pretty outstanding volunteers. We would need to set up check-in outside of the gates, make sure the patio area where the event would be held is ready to go, and finish up any last minute dealings with the vendors. I would help set up the silent auction before the gates opened.

Once the game started and the event was over, I would get to catch my breath and grab something to eat! I would then head over to the silent auction and shut it down and usually by the time I finished with that, it was time to close the 50/50 Raffle. Once the 50/50 Raffle number was drawn, I would put together the paperwork, update the phone line and website, and hope the winner was waiting for me when I handed over the paperwork!

Usually my night would be done around the 8th inning, so I could catch the last inning or so of the game. It was a year of long hours, a lot of responsibilities, a ton of work, and I wouldn’t trade anything for the experience I gained. I would absolutely recommend the Trainee program to anyone looking to work in sports, and I would be happy to talk to anyone interested in applying! 

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  1. hey that's me!!! thanks for having me!

  2. Love the idea of this series! I was talking with some other football wives about this now that the season is upon us. I could share all my coaches wife secrets-all the stress of football without the glamour of D1!


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