Ever since my junior year was finished, and I’ve returned home to Rockville, Maryland, I’ve been making sure to catch up on some must needed relaxation, catching up with friends and family back home, and continuing to network with executives in the sport business industry. In just a few short days, I’ll be beginning my 10-week summer internship with Turner Sports in New York City, but before heading up to The Big Apple I had the chance to further immerse myself in the sport business industry; to further my knowledge of the business and continue to network with industry professionals. This past week I had the great pleasure of meeting with Syracuse University Alum, John Dever (’94), Senior Director-Baseball Communications of the Washington Nationals. I arrived to Nationals Park about 5 hours before the first pitch, and had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Dever and shadow him around the ballpark leading up to the game. Being able to go into the clubhouse, meet manager Matt Williams, attend his pre-game press conference, watch batting practice from the dugout and the field, and meet numerous media members, players, and front office executives, and watch the game from the Press Box. This was a once in lifetime experience, and I’m extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to learn all about the happenings beyond the strikes and balls of the game! While watching the Nationals take batting practice, Mr. Dever and I had the opportunity to talk all about the happenings up on “The Hill” including everything from SU Athletics to the Sport Management program. It was incredible to learn all about Mr. Dever’s career path from “The Hill” to next to “Capitol Hill.” It’s important for all incoming freshman, to always know that once you step foot onto campus, you’re officially a part of the SU family, and our alumni are everywhere, in every industry, and they’re always happy to meet with you and help you get to where you want to be!