It’s hard to believe that my summer at the Bluegrass State Games is about to come to an end. It has been a summer filled with soccer, volleyball, track and field, and 30 other events. Trust me, I haven’t been a participant, but I’ve had a chance to help make these events and others as successful as possible.
I began the summer visiting locations around Lexington, and my hometown of Louisville, to distribute information about the Bluegrass State Games to athletic stores and sport specialty stores to promote our events. As the summer continued, I performed different tasks for the sports chairs for each specific sport to reach out to as many interested individuals as possible.
Through my internship, I’ve had a taste of all kinds of fields that I might be interested in. I’ve written news releases and newsletters for the Games, as well as worked with securing radio interviews for our Executive Director. I’ve worked with the planning and implementation of events with our Celebration of Athletes. This annual event recognized the achievements of our athletes and featured a bounce house, corn hole and other games, as well as autographs with Joker Phillips and Josh Harrellson. The evening began with the athletes running on the field before a Lexington Legends baseball game and ended with fireworks and the official beginning of the Games.
Another great thing about the internship was the chance to work with eight other interns, all in college or recent graduates. We worked hard, but we also had fun together sorting shirts in the Parks and Recreation distribution center and entering registration forms. They have been great to work with, and I can’t wait to come back to Lexington and see everyone again.
All in all, it was a successful summer. I received great experience in the sports, public relations, and event planning fields and I made many great friends. I’m so lucky to have had the experience, and I know that all I have learned will serve me well as I head into my senior year and into my career in public relations.