Story by Becky Dealer ’23, an English and communication research main from Seaford, Delaware.
This summer time I used to be an intern with the Kansas City Chiefs Coaching Camp. My expertise was larger than I ever may have imagined because of my wonderful workforce of different interns. From early mornings to our sooner or later of being soaked by the rain, they helped me hold spirits up and make camp an incredible expertise for followers.
Since my sophomore yr, I’ve recognized I’ve wished to work in sports activities. At Furman, I work for the ladies’s basketball workforce as a scholar supervisor. Through the pandemic, I went from solely doing movie throughout apply and residential video games to being the pinnacle supervisor after our earlier one graduated. It was by way of that have that I discovered I wished to work in sports activities and be round sports activities for the remainder of my life.
Working with the Chiefs acquired me one step nearer to my final purpose of working full time for an NFL workforce within the operations, advertising and marketing, or fan expertise departments.
As an intern, I labored with the Chiefs Occasion Workers to run the each day operations of camp. My each day duties diverse from working within the child zone, driving accessibility or household golf carts, checking folks in on the VIP and household tents, signing folks up for the Chiefs Kingdom Youngsters membership, and being the camp runner for the day.
My favourite day in child zone needed to be the instances I ended up doing the drill with the youngsters. If a child didn’t have anybody to race, typically I “raced” them to make sure they had fun and that they received.
Because the Chiefs Kingdom Youngsters salesperson, my job was to persuade mother and father to signal their kids up for the free children membership the Chiefs provide to followers 12 and underneath. Throughout a five-hour interval, I signed 100 children as much as the Child’s Membership.
The day I used to be camp runner, I walked over 13 miles! I used to be exhausted the subsequent day however none of my teammates wished for something within the warmth.
We additionally acquired to have some enjoyable whereas in Kansas Metropolis. We toured Arrowhead Stadium and our information taught us about Lamar Hunt and the way he helped type the AFL, or the fashionable AFC within the NFL. We acquired to tour one of many suites, see the workforce’s game-day locker room, stroll by way of the tunnel, take photos subsequent to the sphere, view the world the place Coach Andy Reid and choose gamers speak to the media put up sport, and take a look at the brand new workforce museum the place each the Lombardi trophies are.
That very same day, we additionally had been handled with tickets to the Royals sport the place three of my teammates had been within the sizzling canine race. That they had fireworks put up sport that evening and it was among the best firework reveals I’ve ever seen!
I’ve so many individuals to thank for my expertise however particular because of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs for believing in me and giving me the chance to work their camp.
Returning to Furman, I’ve seen a change in myself. Fan expertise and what we do for followers isn’t as reduce and dry because it was once in my thoughts. Watching the Chiefs on tv, I discover myself considerably rooting for them despite the fact that I’ve been a Seattle fan my entire life. After placing blood, sweat, and tears into working their coaching camp, I wish to see them succeed.
Subsequent summer time, I hope to have a seasonal internship with an NFL workforce so I’ve a yr to study, develop, and discover my place within the sports activities world. For now, I’m very happy to take a seat again, wash participant loops, and benefit from the journey.