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A Game In The Eyes of a For-the-Day ESPN Intern

1,2,3,4 1,2,3,4 C-L-E-M-S-O-N T-I-G-E-R-S, FIGHT TIGERS, FIGHT TIGERS, FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!

This cheer is the famous Cadence Count known all over Clemson. It is screamed by thousands of people to support Clemson football every game day. Imagine standing on the field surrounded by countless fans covered in orange cheering for the love of their Clemson Tigers. I was lucky enough to experience this feeling when Clemson played Georgia at Clemson on August 31st during the time that College Game day and ESPN came to campus.

A Game In The Eyes of a For-the-Day ESPN Intern

ESPN and ABC aired the game and I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to intern with ESPN. I was assigned as an assistant to the phenomenal Heather Cox, a sideline reporter for ESPN. Finding out that I was going to be able to follow around a woman who has my future dream job made me speechless! I got to stand on the sidelines throughout the game with her and be her extra set of hands. This included me helping her with set gear and getting anything she may have needed, such as water, statistics, paper, etc. The experience was unbelievable. My favorite part was at the end of game when Clemson won! Heather ran out to interview Clemson’s coach Dabo Swinney and Clemson’s quarterback Tajh Boyd and I got to go with her. Students were rushing the field exactly where we were causing the area to be a mad house! Lucky for us we were able to have the police there to escort us off the field before things got to crazy.

A Game In The Eyes of a For-the-Day ESPN Intern

On the left is Heather during her shoot, I was standing right behind her!

A Game In The Eyes of a For-the-Day ESPN Intern

I am pictured on the right helping Heather get ready before her shot!

A Game In The Eyes of a For-the-Day ESPN Intern

It was an amazing experience getting to see my school that I love so much play football from the sideline. The noise and spirit from all the fans gave me goosebumps multiple times. It is certainly a night I will never forget and one I am thankful I was able to experience. I can not thank ESPN and Heather enough for the chance of a lifetime and I hope I will be able to work with them again in the near future.

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