First off, I want to give a big thanks to Detroit PAL for allowing me to go on this summer trip. I am a part of PAL’s first ever Workforce Development Program and I work in the Media & Communications department. Over the summer, I was blessed with an amazing opportunity to travel to a place where I never thought that I would ever visit. That place was Alaska. For two months, I lived in Alaska for a summer job. I worked with an organization called Athletes in Action, which is a Christian athlete organization. With Athletes in Action, I had the chance to be the play-by-play sports broadcaster for a college summer baseball team. This was one of my dreams to be a play-by-play broadcaster and when I received the opportunity, I could not pass it up.
Over these past two months I have learned a lot about myself and I gained a lot of experience as well. Being a play-by-play broadcaster, I learned how to be confident in myself. What I did was during each game was run the live broadcast on the internet, so family and friends could listen and watch the games from wherever they were. They would hear my voice on the broadcast as I would explain to them what was going on during the game. Growing up, I always wanted to be that person broadcasting games and now I get that opportunity to do so. When I first started broadcasting the games I was a little bit nervous but as the games went on I started becoming more comfortable in myself and that confidence started to kick in.
The Workforce Development Program really helped me a lot before I went on this trip. I remember the different trainings and workshops that we had to participate in and one of those trainings that I really benefitted from was the Scarlet Communications training. That training really allowed me to enhance my communication skills and with me wanting to pursue a career in sports broadcasting, communication is very important. To see those trainings that we did pay off is a good feeling and it just goes to show you that if you really want to pursue your dreams and career, you put the work in, it will pay off. I can’t thank PAL enough for the trainings and workshops they put us in during the Workforce Development Program. This is only the beginning for myself and I’m excited to see what God has in store for me in the future.
What really touched me during my trip in Alaska was hearing the feedback from people who would listen to the broadcast. I would have parents and fans come out to me and tell me how much they enjoy listening to the broadcast and how good of a job that I was doing. Hearing that just made me want to work even harder and become a better broadcaster. That is one thing that I took away from this trip was that no matter how hard you work, never settle. There’s something I can always improve on and get better at.
I made a video about my Alaska trip as well, so you can take a lot at it and hear how my experience was and the different things I did while I was gone. I just really want to thank Detroit PAL again for all the support they gave me and for them allowing me to go away for a few months. I am proud to be a part of Detroit PAL.
Written by Workforce Development Staff Member: Kevin Moore