Monday, November 10, 2014

Volunteering with Wolfpack Sports Properties (November 8)

Some of the group enjoying the game after their work was done
Several members of our freshman and sophomore classes had a great opportunity to volunteer before the NC State football homecoming game at Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday. Our host (and academy advisory board member) Jim Moran, an account executive at Wolfpack Sports Properties, arranged for us to help at the gates with the distribution of free chapstick, provided by game sponsor Touchstone Energy Cooperatives. Besides learning that people really like free chapstick, we got a great overview of from Mr. Moran and sponsorship coordinator Kristin Hoenig on their responsibilities and the sharing of inventory between the university, the Wolfpack Club, and Wolfpack Sports Properties.

Getting an awesome look at the field-level action

Not a bad spot to watch the game
After completing our duties just before kickoff, we were able to settle in and watch the game. We also got some insight from Mr. Moran into what goes on behind the scenes of their in-game promotional activities, like the Digging for Diamonds game. Later on, Mr. Moran was able to take us down near the field before halftime to get a better look at all the moving parts involved in the game day operations. We even ran into both Chancellor Woodson and Tuffy!

High-fiving the players as they head in for halftime
Tuffy, NC State's live mascot
Although the scoreboard didn't work out in the Pack's favor, this was still a very exciting experience that sometimes made it hard to focus on all the knowledge that was being shared with us.  Thanks again to Mr. Moran and Mrs. Hoenig for answering all of our questions and giving us such a fantastic opportunity!

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