Our spring 2021 interns are here! We are so excited to have Carolyn, Jhala, Grayson, Bennett and Mallory this semester helping us with our strategy and creative initiatives. Each of our interns bring their own unique experience, talent and perspective to our team, and we are excited to share a little more about each of them with you below. Check it out!
Hello! My name is Carolyn Crommelin, and I am a strategy intern with Knight Eady this spring! I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, so naturally I was raised to cheer for Alabama (the best team in college football in my opinion). Roll Tide! I am currently a marketing graduate student at the University of Alabama with a concentration in social media and digital marketing.
One of my favorite classes this year has been Social Media Marketing. We learned the “ins and outs” of digital marketing and advertising on various social platforms which has been extremely beneficial considering the majority of society is using social media to get their news and information on goods and services. The marketing side of this industry will always be interesting to me since it is constantly changing and innovating, however, I am most interested in learning and gaining more experience in the strategy side of this industry!
Sports without a doubt brings people and communities together in good times and in bad times. Whether it was the first Saints game after Hurricane Katrina or Mike Piazza’s home run in the first post 9/11 New York sports event, sports give people a reason to cheer again. I believe in sports because it teaches children some of the most valuable lessons in life with discipline, work ethic, and perseverance. Sports have a profound effect on our society throughout our successes in life, hardships, and character building, and I want to be able to have an impact on our society through the power of sports.
I am Jhala Clark and I am a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In December of 2019 I graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelors of Arts in Broadcast Journalism with a concentration in Sports and Information News. Two fun facts about me are that I am the youngest of four children and I have 5 wisdom teeth instead of the standard 4. I am currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Sports Hospitality Management. I chose sports because it has always been a passion of mine as a former gymnast. Once I realized that my athletic ability was not going to yield a collegiate or olympic career I started to look into other ways that I could still be involved in sports. My passion coupled with my personality led me to broadcast journalism, which then led me to sports operations for the Alabama Football Program.
The area that I am most interested in about this industry is the creative part. I like being able to come up with compelling concepts in order to drive a theme. Thus far I have learned that there are many efficient ways to work in a company through various softwares and websites, and one thing that I truly appreciate about my internship is the positive work environment and the helpful team that I am surrounded by. My favorite class from last semester was my research and methods class because it challenged me to research different topics in the sports industry. Through my research I learned so much about the challenges women face in the sports industry from being an athlete or working in administration.
I believe in sports because it serves as a bonding ground for many different people from all walks of life. Whether you are rooting for the same team or heated rivals, people come together to watch athletes showcase their talents. The world has been filled with so much hate and animosity and is in need of common ground to share a bond over. The greatest concept to have in the world is understanding, and I believe sports help us understand each other a little better.
My name is Grayson Jones and I am currently an undergraduate student at Samford pursuing a degree in Sport Administration with a business minor, as well as potentially picking up a second minor or major. Some fun facts about me are that I am left handed and an avid music fan/connoisseur. I am originally from Athens, Alabama, a small town about 20 miles west of Huntsville along I-65. When people ask me where Athens is, I always tell them that it’s the last exit when headed to Nashville or the first exit headed south. It’s a growing town, however those of us who grew up there still consider it to be the quiet little town that we loved growing up. However, at the age of 14, I decided to push myself and jump head first into a brand new chapter of life at the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. McCallie is an all-boys boarding and day school for boys grades 6-12. I boarded at McCallie for 4 years, creating some of the strongest relationships and memories that I have to this day. McCallie helped shape me into the person I am today academically, spiritually, and personally, and for that, I am forever grateful. While at McCallie, I had the privilege of meeting with two of the top executives with the Atlanta Braves and in that meeting is where I decided and felt the call that the sports industry is where I’m supposed to work in some form or fashion. I haven’t decided what path I want to take exactly (either the marketing side or legal side) but I’m hoping this internship will help provide deeper insight into which way I want to go.
Sports have always been a major part of my life, seeing as the first word I ever said was “ball” and my parents gave me the nickname the “Sports Encyclopedia” when I was a toddler because they claim I could read the ESPN ticker-tape before learning how to read. I believe in sports because they allow us to feel a part of something bigger than ourselves and allow us to feel like kids again, relishing over the excitement of the game and the ever-changing landscape of one of the most necessary aspects to our daily lives. Sports allow us to feel the rush of a win, the heartbreak of losing in the final moments, the excitement of a new era for our favorite teams or the appreciation of an athlete who decides to hang up the cleats. They teach us about loyalty, defeat, hard work, gratitude, human nature and patience, among many other things that make up the way we as people interact with them. I believe that sports bring out the best in people and unite us in ways that politicians or other leaders could never imagine. To quote the Southeastern Conference, sports just mean more. I believe that this company has a very similar mentality to mine, and I can’t wait to dive deeper into the industry in a way that is exciting and full of endless opportunities!
My name is Bennett Looper and I’m a Senior at Samford University from Pensacola, Fl studying Journalism and Mass Communications. I believe I am a storyteller at heart. Since childhood, I’ve always had an affinity for creating anything that relays a convincing narrative. Whether it be through painting, acting, or music, I’ve always had a passion for storytelling. As I progressed in my college career, I gravitated towards visual storytelling, specifically photography and videography. A photograph or video has the ability to capture countless emotions, each conveying its own unique message. Because of this, I want to pursue a career in commercial photography and video production.
I love sports because I can identify with the passion, grit, and determination they entail. The fight and will to reach the end goal of winning is analogous to many aspects of life. I believe in sports because I believe they contain stories that portray the journey to win despite endless struggles and setbacks. And I believe these are the most compelling stories to tell. I chose to apply to Knight Eady because I can clearly see they strive to tell these stories through their work. My primary goal in my last semester of college is to learn as much as possible so I too can tell these stories to the best of my ability. I believe learning from the team at Knight Eady will enhance my skills and provide me with the tools to succeed in my future career. I am excited to be a part of the team as a Creative Intern to learn from them and contribute to the team as much as possible.
As a Creative Intern, I am interested in pursuing a career in commercial photography and video production. I love the process of conceptualizing an idea and creatively bringing it to life. I also love the visual aspect of advertising. Commercials and advertisements strive to make their product or service as visually appealing and glamorous as possible. This takes an immense amount of creativity and an artistic touch that takes years of practice and education to produce professionally. I want to be the individual behind this creative process and strive to end up in a position to do so.
Hi! My name is Mallory Moore and I am a Creative Intern for Knight Eady for Spring 2021. I was born and raised here in Birmingham,Alabama and am currently a junior at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. An interesting fact about me is my parents named me after Mal Moore, the late Athletic Director for the University of Alabama. At UofA, I currently study Creative Media with a concentration in Sports Media and Production. In addition to my internship with Knight Eady, I work part-time on campus with Crimson Tide Productions where I work in their live production department. I have always been interested in videography, photography and all things creative so this opportunity with Knight Eady was perfect for me! This experience will hopefully give me insight as to what my future career may look like in this industry.
Growing up, I played so many sports I lost count. It’s where I met my childhood best friends, learned life lessons, and made long-lasting memories. Sports gave me an outlet to not only learn and grow as an athlete, but as a person. I learned how to be a leader, how to be a good teammate and to always believe in myself even if the odds are against me (everyone loves a good underdog story). More now than ever, sports are bringing people together and making a difference in this crazy world we live in, even in global pandemic! I believe in sports because it has made the person I am today and continues to shape me into the person I want to be.