Oct 16 2012
I remember applying for an internship at the United States Olympic Committee thinking that despite my experience, my resume would probably get lost in the hundreds or even thousands of applicants.
A few weeks later, I was accepting an offer to work in the Marketing Department in the Digital Media group. When I left home at the end of May, I was embarking on a sports fan’s dream summer…
Oklahoma City wasn’t exactly on the route from Atlanta to Colorado Springs but I had to make a stop there. May 31st was Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. The Thunder trailed the Spurs 2-0 in the best of 7 series going into the game but KD and crew dominated the Spurs in front of the most electric crowd I’ve seen at the NBA level.
From OKC, I made my way to Colorado Springs, CO where I would spend the next 3 months living at the Olympic Training Center and working for the United States Olympic Committee. That was a sports fan’s dream in itself.
I lived with around 30 other interns in dorms that we shared with Boxers, Wrestlers, Swimmers, the cycling teams from Germany and the Netherlands, and others. We dined with none other than Michael Phelps and John Orozco.
My favorite experiences were meeting athletes like gold medalist Jordan Burroughs and 3 time Olympic Boxer Rau’Shee Warren on video shoots for the TeamUSA YouTube channel.
I was able to make trips into Denver to watch fellow Milton High School grad Dexter Fowler play for the Colorado Rockies as well as Peyton Manning make his first start for the Denver Broncos in the preseason.
I was able to travel to London for the 2012 Paralympics to work with the US Olympic Committee’s Paralympic communications team. I was credentialed as a journalist and was able to go to all of the London 2012 venues and experienced the Games like very few did. I could write on and on about this but the captions for the photos will have to suffice.
I was also was able to see 2 of the best soccer teams in the world (Chelsea and Barcelona) play and win in their home stadiums.
Looking back, I can’t believe I was able to see and experience everything I did.