STORRS, Conn. – Rising senior Emma Stanley remembers two things in particular about attending Los Angeles Dodgers games as a kid – the exciting atmosphere of the crowd and the famous Dodger Dogs.
Preparing to enter her final year at UConn, the experienced softball player is enjoying an opportunity this summer to contribute to that Dodgers’ fan atmosphere by serving as a content promoter on the team’s SPORTalk page.
SPORTalk is a social media platform that has pages for all professional teams, as well as Division I football and basketball programs, which allows people the chance to stay updated on their favorite teams and interact with other fans.
“I was browsing online for summer internships and I came across this opportunity,” said Stanley. “I am responsible for watching the games and talking about any information regarding the team. Anything from lineup matchups to play-by-play.”
With the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft taking place last week, in which four baseball players from UConn were selected, it was a busy stretch for Stanley keeping the Dodgers’ faithful posted on draft results.
“With the draft being so big last week, the feed was filled with different ideas of where certain players will go and in what round. I have to post 10 times a day and comment 15 times on other people’s posts,” said Stanley.
In addition to posting intriguing content on SPORTalk, Stanley is also tasked with convincing people to make accounts on the company’s social media pages. SPORTalk is a way to unite fans and create enthusiasm around college and pro teams, according to her.
Her hometown is about 20 miles north of Los Angeles and a 40-minute car ride from Dodger Stadium, with traffic, but that has not stopped Stanley from being a frequent visitor and getting firsthand experience in the sports industry.
A native of Santa Clarita, Calif. Stanley does most of her work is through social media, but she does get tickets to the games since attending them helps her do a professional job.
“I am one-hundred percent interested in working in the sports field after I graduate. Sports are by far my biggest passion, so I hope to turn that into a career,” said Stanley. “I am really interested in game day operations and sport marketing.”
Admittedly not a huge Dodgers fan before starting the internship, Stanley has quickly become an avid fan after having time to closely follow the team and become familiar with the players and organization.
In fact, Stanley did not really have a favorite baseball team, but rather just enjoyed watching college and professional baseball with her father. That has changed, however, as she works hard to keep giving fans information about their beloved Dodgers.
“I will work with the team until I start school at the end of August,” said Stanley. “I would love to work with such an incredible organization, but I do not see myself moving back to California after graduation.”
Whatever the future has in store for Stanley, whether it’s in Dodger Blue or not, she will always be able to point to Dodger Stadium as a place that influenced her life – personally and professionally.