One of Wrenegade Sports’ guiding principles has always been to “leave our event host communities better than we found them.” That sentiment is also a cornerstone for the Wrenegade Foundation, launched this past year. The Foundation continues and expands the work that Wrenegade Sports started out to accomplish back in 2014, supporting social-benefit organizations that have a positive, tangible impact on the people who live in our event host communities.
That piece of our mission statement is also something we work to integrate into operations here in our home office in Vermont. That effort isn’t limited to the community impact we seek to create with our Champlain Islands event just 15 miles north of our headquarters in Burlington — we also believe that we can play a role in making our own greater Burlington community (even) better.
One recent effort has been to become a Career Exploration Internship site for Essex High School, in nearby Essex Junction. EHS has a goal for their students “to gain valuable job skills such as problem solving, communication, decision making, teamwork, and time management.” Career exploration provides students with an opportunity to “sample” specific career options through short-term, unpaid work experiences. This community internship is available to 11th and 12th graders who would like to try out a career interest through a 40-hour internship.
Wrenegade Sports is pleased to have become a community partner with Essex High School during the fall of 2018, and enjoyed a successful and fun semester with our first EHS intern, Tate Bostwick. Tate reached out to us because, in his words, “being an avid sports fan, follower, and player it would be a great pleasure to intern at Wrenegade Sports…your mission statement about incorporating health living into fun events for people of all different lifestyles really resonates with me.” Tate has already been accepted to the University of Kansas where he intends to pursue a double major in business administration and sports management.
Over the course of the semester, Tate helped out with many hands-on projects and proved to be a motivated and conscientious intern. He had the opportunity to work with many members of the Wrenegade Sports and Wrenegade Foundation teams, with exposure to a cross-section of projects and tasks that shed light on various parts of our overall operations.
Tate proved to be a valuable asset to us this fall, and we enjoyed the opportunity to share our experiences and mentor him. We’ve also asked him to come work some events with us this summer as an Event Production Crew member — and, that’s for pay! We’re excited for Tate to see a Farm to Fork Fondo event in motion, and for him to see how all the “little stuff” that he helped out with during the off-season will play a role in each and every one of the 2019 events.
On January 15th, our Director of Operations and internship supervisor Jim Beebe-Woodard was pleased to attend Essex High School’s Internship Exhibition Night, where Tate and 32 of his peers had the opportunity to set up a presentation about each of their own particular internship placement, and also to say a few words to the parents, community partners, and other students in attendance about their experience. We were very proud to host Tate as our first EHS intern, and appreciate the kind words he offered when it was his turn to speak:
“Over the course of these 40 hours I learned a ton of information about the sports and event management industry in particular, but also just about the world of business today. I was able to work on a lot of different aspects of their company and that was very unique I think because it gave me a broader scope of what they do day to day. I worked with their marketing team, research and course planning, merchandising, and I also did some work with their nonprofit organization. This diversity in my internship really allowed me to see what Wrenegade is all about and also helped me realize that this is definitely a field I could see myself in as a career choice. Thanks again to the whole Wrenegade staff and I’m looking forward to working with you guys again this summer.”
Thank YOU Tate, for your work and willingness to learn and grow. Look for Tate this year at the Champlain Islands and Finger Lakes events, say hello and wish him luck as he heads out to the midwest for his first year of college!