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Between The Posts

Official Blog Page of the Mississippi RiverKings Interns

Between The Posts is a blog aimed at informing prospective sports industry interns of the opportunities presented to young people in the sports industry. In addition to profiling internship related material, Between The Posts also acts as a snapshot of the day to day interactions that the RiverKings interns face.

This blog will profile various Interns in the Mississippi RiverKings front office, detailing their responsibilities, but also their interests, and their excursions into the Mid-South region. In addition to providing internship related information, Between The Posts also seeks to help sports industry interns gain a better understanding of the industry in which they work, and ultimately hope to build their career. For regular visual updates to what the interns are doing, follow us on Twitter, @RKInterns!

A Little Bit About Us

RiverKings interns hail from a diverse background, boasting many different skill sets and academic fields.

Jake Powell

Jake is a current masters candidate at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN.  Jake received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Alabama in December of 2012, and is currently pursuing his Masters of Business Administration at CBU.  He will Graduate in May of 2016.

Andrew Kiepe

Andrew is a Junior at the University of Memphis, studying Sport and Leisure Management.  Andrew is slated to graduate in May of 2017.

Austin Brown

Austin is a junior at Florida State University, studying Sports Management.  He plans to graduate in 2017, and is looking to pursue his J.D. after he receives his bachelor's degree.

Donnie Shea

Donnie is a senior at the University of Memphis, studying Sports Management.  Donnie intends to graduate with his Bachelor's degree in may of 2016. In his free time, Donnie coaches high school football for Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, TN.

Prospective Interns

RiverKings hockey is always looking for prospective interns. Detailed information regarding the responsibilities and roles of the interns are listed on the Internships page at riverkings.com. Those looking for a snapshot look into what the interns do on a daily basis can follow us on twitter, with the account @RKInterns. Here, you can see the various opportunities and excursions afforded to the interns.


One Busy Month

This is Austin Brown back "Between the Posts." Let me fill you in on what I have been doing since my first week of interning.

It has only been about a month since my last post, but we have already hosted eight games in that time frame. I have become accustomed to our pre-game routine, taken on a few more responsibilities, and have experienced one of our biggest events of the year, Face Off Field Trip. I slowly realize how much goes on behind the scenes on and off of the ice. 

First Home Game

Exciting right? I was stoked. Jake and I carpooled together, and him being with the organization for the whole season already, I bombarded him with questions about game day. He answered the best he could, but him telling me and experiencing it were two different things. We set up the concourse by making sure tables had the decent signing for all the vendors, made sure the suites were also clearly labeled, and set up the puck toss table for our volunteers to work. Other duties included setting up RiverThing's outfit for his night of dancing and antics and putting up signs for the locker rooms, SPHL officials rooms, and picking up pizza for the crew. 

Once the doors opened, I could not help but smile the whole time. I was actually working a professional hockey game and was able to represent an organization that I have respect for. Donnie and I have been giving the responsibility to work the Post-Game Skate table during game days. This has to do with, as you would expect, handling money and waiver forms for the people that choose to skate afterward. Working the table allows me to meet with the fans and have hockey conversations about our team, and even handle complaints (If you wear a suit to a sporting event, you immediately will hear what people have to say about the event). This is allowing me to work even more on my people skills and try to grow a stronger bond between our front office and our fan base. It is precisely what I would like to do post graduation; work with the fans and hear what they have to say about how we run things and how we can make their experience even better. 

Working post game skate also allows us to watch the end of the third-period rink side and take in some GREAT hockey. As I am writing this our RiverKings are second in the league and on a five-game win streak, the level of hockey played in this league is so much more entertaining that I could have imagined. 

Face Off Field Trip

When I got the hang of how a normal game day goes in Southaven, we change everything up with one of our biggest games of the year, Face Off Field Trip (FOFT). This is an event that I was able to learn a good amount from. FOFT is an event held during regular school hours and we host over 5,000 students for a game and have numerous prizes, freebies, and a workbook that is done throughout the game over the KingTron. It also featured on of our goalies conducting an experiment and I was able to assist Bradley with the filming of. 

I was placed in charge of a temporary merchandise table during FOFT. We set one up to help avoid the rush of students going into The Locker Room store and help get the walk-by customers who normally would not walk in the store. We had a successful sales day as I had to help negotiate with our team on getting products to our table as we were running out and maintaining the cash flow safely and accurately. It was a great feeling to help run a good revenue producing vendor table with no hiccups along the way.

Community Development 

Something else I have been doing a lot of is community development appearances. This can range from taking a player to read to schools, or just being RiverThing for a prep rally. This was something I sort of saw the point of doing, but when FOFT came around I could see exactly why we were reaching out to these kids. Having a young fan base will help us in the future of this organization and produce fans for the years to come. It does nothing but help us. So taking a player to read and sign autographs will only get that child excited about the sport of hockey and maybe play one day, and he will have that thought with him of when the RiverKings came to his school. It is something that made FOFT run smoother because the kids were coming in excited for the game as most of them had already that familiarity with the team and our mascot. They came in screaming for their home team RiverKings, and it allowed me to see how great the community development aspect of this business is. 

As you can see I have several things to talk about, and could keep talking about for the future, such as my Game-Ops input and help, but I am just going to save it for next time. Go RiverKings!

Posted by Mississippi RiverKings at 2:48 PM

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