I never realized how important it is to make connections until this internship. It was a Wednesday afternoon, and since I’m really into sports, my editor suggested that I do a fan reaction piece about the Wizards being in the playoffs. There was only one problem, It was too late to attend as press.
As soon as my editor said that, I felt deflated. Of course, the one time that I’m in a city with a professional team, I wouldn’t be able to cover them. Then suddenly it hit me. I might be able to go after all. Along with working for my school’s newscast, I also write articles for a website called Elite Insiders that I created along with a couple of students from Howard University and Hampton University.
All members of the site who write have some kind of influential connections, all of which we are more than happy to share with each other. So I called my friend from the website, and he was able to get me a ticket to the game, along with a VIP pass.
The experience was amazing. That day, I didn’t just get to live out my dream as a sideline sports reporter. I had the privilege of being a VIP. At halftime, I went to a room where the VIPS were mingling, snacking on free food and buying drinks at the bar.
Being in such an elite environment was amazing. You could tell that the people in the room had lots of money, which was a bit intimidating. But I just kept in mind that I had just as much of a right to be there as they did.
My favorite part of the night had to be meeting Burke. She has my dream job, and it was so nice just to be in her presence. But being a VIP didn’t guarantee a long conversation with her. The room was crowded, and I soon got interrupted, as more and more people realized that she was there. Everyone wanted a picture with the well-known celebrities, so I was easily pushed to the side.
Overall, I had a wonderful experience attending and covering my first NBA game. Even though the Wizards didn’t move on to round three of the playoffs, it was still an incredible experience. It was also crazy just knowing that I put myself in this position all because of my own connections.