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Antonio Perez

Antonio Perez

Antonio Perez

Internship Site: Houston Rockets

Title: Game Operations Intern/Crew Member


  • Execute on-court games & promotions
  • Assist in execution of the Rockets Corporate, Community, Ticket Sales and Team Marketing Events and Promotions
  • Assist Game Operations Coordinator with office work

Why do you want to work in sports? To be a part of the overall fulfillment and goals of a professional sports franchise that is to create championship caliber experiences to the fans via on and off the playing surface.

What is your dream job? Director of Game Presentation and Production

What are the skills you are most proud about? People skills-Ability to relate to all fans at every level.

Career Mission Statement: To further enhance my knowledge of the sports industry on an everyday basis in order to improve my skills and abilities in the Game Operations aspect of sports while pursuing a Director position in Game Presentation.

Favorite Sport/Team/Athlete: Craig Biggio

Favorite UH Sport Admin Class: Sports Law

Favorite Book: Old Yeller

Quote that defines you: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” - Philippians 4:13

Personal Values: God & Family

Jose Arroyo


Jose Arroyo

Internship Site: National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Title: Corporate Development/Sponsorship intern

Duties: Manage the sponsorship details/signs and logistics of it. Provide support to teams to improve fundraising and break fundraising records.

Why do you want to work in sports? If you work in the field you love than it is not really a job but a passion you got lucky working in.

What is your dream job? My dream job is to be vice president of corporate development for the Houston Texans.

What are the skills you are most proud about? Experience in the sporting industry and being able to adapt are the skills I am mostly proud of.

Career Mission Statement: Achieve milestones while working in corporate development for a professional sporting franchise and break fundraising records for a better cause.

LinkedIn Account:  Jose Arroyo

Favorite Sport/Team/Athlete: Football/ Houston Cougars/Hakeem Olajuwon

Favorite UH Sport Admin Class: Sport Marketing

Favorite Book: To kill a mockingbird

Quote that defines you: “Either you run the day, or the day runs you”-Jim Rohn

Interesting Skill(s): Photoshop geek

Personal Values: To be known as truthful, loyal, committed, and a happy person.

Michael Osinloye Jr

Michael Osinloye

Michael Osinloye Jr

Internship Site: Clinica Metropolitana

Title: Student Intern


  • Provide Inventory Control
  • Assist with patients
  • Expand Marketing Program

Why do you want to work in sports? I've just always grown up around sports and ever since I hit reality of not being able to play sports professionally, I still would like to be involved.

What is your dream job? Working for the Dallas Cowboys as a scout

What are the skills you are most proud about?

  • Communication skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Confidence Level

Career Mission Statement: I want to merge the business and sport world together in order to create a very profitable relationship for both industries.

Favorite Sport/Team/Athlete: Soccer/Dallas Cowboys/Floyd Mayweather

Favorite UH Sport Admin Class: Kin 4190

Favorite Book: How to Win Friends And Influence People

Quote that defines you: "Most people do not listen with the intent to understand. Most people listen with the intent to reply."

Personal Values: Computer Programming

Personal Values: Having integrity and always keeping my word.

Shane Knights

Shane Knights

Shane Knights

Internship Site: University of Houston Athletics

Title: Marketing Intern


  • Gameday Promotions Preparation
  • Street Team Coordination

Why do you want to work in sports? It’s exciting, invigorating, and fun!

What is your dream job? Public Address Announcer

What are the skills you are most proud about? I’m a fast learner

Career Mission Statement: To create the ultimate fan gameday experience

LinkedIn Account: Shane Knights


Favorite Sport/Team/Athlete: Montreal Canadiens

Favorite UH Sport Admin Class: Sports Marketing

Favorite Book: I Am America (And So Can You) by Stephen Colbert

Quote that defines you: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller

Interesting Skill(s):  Sharp sense of direction

Personal Values:  Be the person you would look up to yourself

Taylor Estelle

• Taylor Estelle

Taylor Estelle

Internship Site: Midland Rockhounds

Title: Operations, Concessions, Suites


  • Clean up, maintenance, and repairs for team.
  • Supervising, scheduling staff hours, and ordering products.
  • Manage suites during home stands.

Why do you want to work in sports? I want to work in sports because I have a deep desire to pursue my future career in the sport and entertainment industry. I’m very passionate and enthusiastic about athletics. Furthermore I feel as though my previous work history has given me valid experience.

What is your dream job? My dream job is to become a General Manager for a professional sports organization, preferable basketball. Ideally I see myself as an administrator working in a front office.

What are the skills you are most proud about?

  • Exceptional listener and communicator who conveys information verbally and in writing.
  • Flexible team player who thrives in environments requiring ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects.
  • Productive worker with a strong work ethic who exerts efforts in successfully completing tasks.

Career Mission Statement: Dedicated and enthusiastic business student offering creativity and critical thinking skills for a growing sports an entertainment organization in order to achieve my lifetime goal as a sports administrator.

LinkedIn Account: Taylor Estelle

Favorite Sport/Team/Athlete: Basketball/ Oklahoma City Thunder/ Kevin Durant.

Favorite UH Sport Admin Class: KIN 4365- Regulatory and Ethical Aspects of Sports.

Favorite Book: The Richest Man in Babylon.

Quote that defines you:

  • Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. - David Frost
  • The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have. – Vince Lombardi

Interesting Skill(s): Athletic, Artistic

Personal Values: Family, Faith, Well being

Darrell Jimerson

Darrell Jimerson

Darrell Jimerson

Internship Site: University of Houston Athletic Department – Cougar Pride

Title: Development Intern

Duties: Assist with various tasks such as new website development, strategic planning, annual fund renewals, and the restricted fund plan.

Why do you want to work in sports? I want to work in sports because I believe sports is beneficial in other ways than keeping you active. Being involved in sports teaches you many things you can use in the real world to succeed, and I think it is important that student athletes learn this.  

What is your dream job? College Athletic Director

What are the skills you are most proud about? Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Football equipment skills

Career Mission Statement: To live each day to the fullest, and strive to be a positive impact in other people’s lives, through sports. 

LinkedIn Account: Darrell Jimerson

Favorite Sport/Team/Athlete: Football/Texans/LeBron James

Favorite UH Sport Admin Class: Sport Law with Professor Bentley

Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby

Quote that defines you: In life, you get what you put in. Everything comes back around.

Interesting Skill(s): I can play the trumpet. I like to play Xbox One

Personal Values: Honesty, Hard Work, Dedication, Trust, Humbleness

Derrick Mathews

Derrick Mathews

Derrick Mathews

Internship Site: Cougar Pride

Title: Special events coordinator

Duties: Help current student-athletes have a first-class education and a chance to excel in the classroom and in competition.

Why do you want to work in sports? To learn other aspects of sports other than the competition side.

What is your dream job? NFL

What are the skills you are most proud about? Being able to work with others very well.

Career Mission Statement: To take advantage of opportunities and create a pathway to success.

Interests/Bio: I love sports and being around sports that's why I'm interested in this career field. I hope to play in the NFL as my career and coach after my career is over.

Favorite Sport/Team/Athlete: Houston Texans

Favorite UH Sport Admin Class: Sports Law

Favorite Book: Training camp

Quote that defines you: Everything happens for a reason

Interesting Skill(s): team skills working in pressured situations.

Personal Values: Discipline, trust, self respect, honesty, and accountability

Negarian Straughter

Negarian Straughter

Negarian Straughter

Internship Site: Sam Houston Race Park

Title: Marketing Intern

Duties: Marketing

What is your dream job? Sport Promoter, Athletic Director

What are the skills you are most proud about? Team Development

Career Mission Statement: While working in athletic administration, I would also like to work alongside the sport media department.

Favorite Sport/Team/Athlete: Basketball, Rockets, Russell Westbrook

Favorite UH Sport Admin Class: Legal & Ethical Aspects of Sport

Favorite Book: Count of Monte Cristo

Quote that defines you: Just a squirrel trying to get a nut

Interesting Skill(s): Can execute many backflips in a row

Personal Values: Honesty

Shanelle Kapaona

Shanelle Kapaona

Shanelle Kapaona

Internship Site: University of Hawaii

Title: Athletics Marketing Intern


  • Attend and work at least one sporting event a week
  • Work with corporate partners and their game sponsorships
  • Design graphics for game promotions
  • Attend weekly meetings with the marketing team and other branches of the athletic department
  • Assist in various sports marketing plans

Why do you want to work in sports?

I want to work in sports because ever since I was little that has been all I have ever known. I grew up watching sports from a young age because my dad was a football coach. It was my first love and has always been a constant in my life. For me sports are inspiring, it has the ability to show true emotion, passion, and dedication, all at once. It keeps me on my toes and makes my job not really seem like a job but my own passion.

What is your dream job? To be a high school athletic director or to be the first Pac-12 female commissioner.

What are the skills you are most proud about?

  • My communication and organization skills

Career Mission Statement: To be able to influence student athletes in a positive way and motivate them to work hard for the goals they set in life on and off the field.

Favorite Sport/Team/Athlete: College Football

Favorite UH Sport Admin Class: Sport Communication – Dr. Cottingham

Favorite Book: Lanikai

Quote that defines you: “To succeed…you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.”

Interesting Skill(s): When I go free diving in the ocean I can hold my breath underwater for a long period of time.

Personal Values:

  • Honesty
  • Accountability
  • Trust
  • Commitment
  • Enjoyment
  • Compassion

Sydney Parker

Sydney Parker

Sydney Parker

Internship Site: JumpBunch

Title: Coach/Marketing Intern

Duties: Coach students, teach students different games every week, help with marketing and promoting company, use social media to promote company, contact new schools to be new clients

Why do you want to work in sports? I want to work in the sports industry because sports have always been a big part of my life. When everything else in the world seemed to be out of place, sports were the one place where I felt I belonged. My best memories have involved sports so I want to continue to have sports in my life.

What is your dream job? To be an elementary PE teacher

What are the skills you are most proud about? I'm really good at communicating. I can talk to anyone about anything which makes networking and interviews easy for me. I also am really organized and scheduled.

Career Mission Statement: To be an elementary PE teacher to teach kids the importance of health and nutrition at an early age.

LinkedIn Account: Sydney Parker

Favorite Sport/Team/Athlete: Houston Astros

Favorite UH Sport Admin Class: Sport Law

Favorite Book: 1984- George Orwell

Quote that defines you: "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud"---Maya Angelou

Interesting Skill(s): I'm left and right handed. I write and throw right handed but do everything else left handed.

Personal Values: Integrity and honesty are big things to me.

Thomas Heathcock

Thomas Heathcock

Thomas Heathcock

Internship Site: Houston Golf Association (Humble, TX)/The First Tee of Greater Houston (Quail Valley Golf Course, Missouri City, TX)

Title:  The First Tee of Greater Houston Quail Valley Program Intern/Shell Houston Open Operations Intern


  • Assist with writing lesson plans consistent with The First Tee Core curriculum.
  •  Provide a safe environment for participants and maintain quality of equipment.
  • Work with volunteers to manage equipment donations and thanking donors.
  • Assist with recruiting, training, and involving volunteers to assist with program delivery.
  • Provide administrative support by answering the phone, registering participants, and data entry.
  • And lastly provide staff support to the 2015 Shell Houston Open.

Why do you want to work in sports? I have always been involved in sports in one way or another. Whether it be competing on a court or field, to just being a supporter in the stands, it did not matter to me. Growing up as a son to a football coach and a dance team director, you get the whole experience on Friday nights and I want to continue that for the rest of my life. So by pursuing a career in an industry, which is evolving daily, I feel I can enjoy my work while experiencing a plethora of different opportunities. 

What is your dream job? My dream job is to be an Athletic Director for a Division 1 University and/or be a part of a nationally recognized recruiting staff for a Division 1 University.

What are the skills you are most proud about?

  • Communication with peers
  • Team Player
  • Time Management
  • Organizational skills

Career Mission Statement: To recruit student athletes for division one athletic programs while continuing my education.

LinkedIn Account: Thomas Heathcock

Favorite Sport: Football

Favorite Team: Houston Cougar Football

Favorite Athlete: Case Keenum and Andrew Luck

Favorite UH Sport Admin Class: Sports Administration Seminar class

Favorite Book: Friday Night Lights

Quote that defines you: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney

Interesting Skill(s): I can play the trombone, have some photography skills and really like to play volleyball.

Personal Values: Family, Trust, Respect, Friendship, Awareness, Religion, and Creativity.