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2014 AAU Summer Internship Program

2014 AAU Summer Internship Program

Wednesday, May 15th marked a special day for 10 lucky individuals at the AAU National Office in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Out of fifty qualified candidates, Internship Coordinator Jennifer Miles narrowed it down to 10. Those ten were then interviewed by President of the AAU, Henry Forrest at the National Office. 

President Forrest would like to welcome all of the summer interns and hopes their summer will be full of excitement and a learning experience.

Our Internship Program provides on-the-job learning experiences, educational sessions, an opportunity to be mentored by AAU staff and the ability to learn more about the organization and industry itself. The AAU Internship Program is open to college students and recent college graduates. 

Get to know the 2014 AAU Summer Internship Staff below!

  • Pictured:
  • FRONT ROW (from left to right):
  • Nikki Sherrill
  • School: Hastings College ‘16
  • Why AAU?: Sports has always been the biggest part of my life, especially basketball, and through the AAU, I can help young athletes in their athletic pursuits. I also love being able to come to work and learn something every day about event management and see the behind the scenes work that goes into running tournaments and other events.
  • Favorite Sport: Basketball
  • Future Plans: To become a sports information director for a college or to be the Director of Basketball Operations at Duke University.
  • Fun Fact:  I am a die-hard Duke University fan!
  • Simone Jackson
  • School: Elon University ‘16
  • Why AAU?: I wanted to understand the management and intricacies of amateur sport. I also wanted to learn new skills within this industry. As a former AAU athletics participant, I was interested in taking part of the management side of the organization.
  • Favorite Sport: Track!
  • Future Plans: To successfully graduate college in 2016, and to pursue a career in sports brand public relations.
  • Fun Fact: I currently hold the school record in the 100m dash at my university.
  • Another fun fact: I’m studying abroad for 3 weeks this January in Malawi, Africa to teach children peer-literacy strategies.
  • Sam Manguiat
  • School: University of Florida ‘14
  • Why AAU?: Expand my knowledge in the area of sport by working with the largest youth sport organization and gaining experience with event operations for boys and girls basketball for AAU.
  • Favorite Sport: Basketball & Baseball. It’s a tie between the two!
  • Future Plans: Go to graduate school to gain more knowledge in sport marketing and then hopefully work with a professional team!
  • Fun Fact: Graduated high school with my Associate in Arts degree, spent two years working on my undergrad in Sport Management.
  • Follow me on twitter! @sammanguiat
  • Shannon Craighead
  • School: Stetson University ‘16
  • Why AAU?: I grew up participating in AAU events and I am really excited to now be on the other side of the organization and to be a part of creating memories for all the participants. I am also excited to further my knowledge of the organization and the industry itself and to expand my skills within social media while doing so!
  • Favorite Sport: Volleyball
  • Future Plans: To become a Social Media Coordinator for a major college or professional sports team, preferably the New England Patriots --- or work for Disney World
  • Fun Fact: Last year I was fortunate enough to travel to Pula, Croatia to play in an international volleyball tournament against teams all across Europe! I also currently play volleyball at Stetson University.
  • BACK ROW (from left to right):
  • Chad Pugsley
  • School: Eastern Illinois University ‘14
  • Why AAU?: I like working with the youth, because they have so much potential in the future and I would love to be a part of it. The AAU is a great company to work for because it is laid back, but also very hectic at times, and always around sports no matter what.
  • Favorite Sport: Football
  • Future Plans: Possibly attend grad school at the University of Central Florida in Sports Management, or get a great job with the AAU or some other sports affiliation.   
  • Fun Fact: I coach on a junior football league staff back in my hometown and the last three years we have only lost 4 games.
  • I also attended the Disney College Program in 2009 and worked at the Wide World of Sports, working in the area of Guest Services.

  • Chris Burns
  • School: Flagler College ‘14
  • Why AAU?: I played AAU sports as a child, love working in sport and enjoy working with people who have the same passion for sport that I do.
  • Favorite Sport: Basketball
  • Future Plans: Either work immediately following internship or attend grad school to get an MBA and work toward a career in sport finance.
  • Fun Fact: My Dad is a general in the U.S. Special Forces, so I’ve been able to see a lot of different parts of the world traveling to different military bases.
  • Brandon Randle:
  • School Attended: Valencia College (Direct Connect Program to UCF) ‘16
  • Why AAU?:  Growing up in the greater St. Louis area, the many great athletes who have come up through the AAU program have inspired me to explore opportunities with the AAU Internship Program. Notable greats include Jackie-Joyner-Kersey and Florence Joyner, David Lee, Bradley Beal, Ben McLemore, Jahidi White, Larry Hughes, and Lauren Woods.
  • Favorite Sport: Basketball
  • Future Plans: To graduate and land a Full-Time job in Sports Public Relations
  • Fun Fact: 1st Haircut was given by Oprah Winfrey’s Father!
  • TJ Donahue
  • School: Florida State University B.S. ‘11, M.A. ‘14
  • Why AAU?: To promote sport as a way of developing physical, mental, social, and leadership skills to be a positive and active member in our society.
  • Favorite Sport: Baseball
  • Future Plans: I can’t even tell you what I’m eating for lunch tomorrow, but I do know that I will be successful in wherever the road takes me.
  • Fun Fact: My real name is Edward Adams Donahue Jr, and I am a direct descendant of President John Adams.
  • Go Noles!
  • Steve Karoff
  • School: Florida State University B. S. ’11, M. S. ’14
  • Why AAU?: I enjoy working with kids who play sports because of their passion for the game
  • Favorite Sport: Football and Lacrosse
  • Future Plans: Plan to Coach the majority of my life in various sports
  • Fun Fact: I was one of the youngest, if not the youngest. head lacrosse coach in the FHSAA this past year.
  • Alexander Duncan
  • School: Polk State College
  • Why AAU?: I plan on minoring in sports marketing and I like the sports industry.
  • Favorite Sport: Basketball
  • Future Plans: I plan on going into the Navy after I graduate college.
  • Fun Fact: I love Buffalo Wild Wings. I will eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.



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