This year’s NBA All Star weekend happened on February 12-14 this year. Karli Tatum, a Concordia University Wisconsin student got the opportunity to work this event. Tatum was chosen by Professor Joey-Lynn Bialkowski to intern with the National Basketball Retired Players Association.
Tatum wants to work in event and game management so this experience was valuable to her for many reasons.
“It was an amazing experience and I learned a lot about how to put on exclusive events in sports. I was also able to do some networking with the partners of the NBRPA which could possibly help me out in the future,” Tatum said.
Tatum’s duties included setting up for special events, putting on events for retired players, putting together bags for players and handing out credentials, event registration, and also participating in breakfasts and socials for celebrities and players.
One of the most exciting parts about this trip is all of the celebrities that Tatum got to meet and see in person. Some of these people include; NBA commissioner Adam Silver, NBA MVP Steph Curry, NBA legend Bill Russell, and many other NBA legends.
“Throughout this weekend I was able to meet many famous people which I will never forget,” Tatum said.
Tatum’s connections and experience were a dream come true for her and she hopes this could lead to potential jobs in this field in her near future.
“I’m very grateful for this experience and I hope to be able to work more events like this in the future,” Tatum said.