This week for the second installment of our Meet the Interns series we are featuring Austin Ehlo. After originally being born in Akron, Ohio while his dad was playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Austin has spent most of his life in Spokane. Now 24 years old, he is majoring in Business Management at Eastern Washington University while keeping his love for basketball alive by interning with Hoopfest in his free time. Learn more about Austin and his story here:
What are your future career plans? My future plans consist of working my way into Nike and eventually working at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
Outside of school, what do you enjoy doing? I played collegiate football at Eastern Washington and I have continued to play football on the weekends in Spokane’s Parks and Rec Flag Football league. With basketball running in my veins, I continue to play basketball regularly and currently am a part of the Spokane Club travel team.
Unusual skills or talents? My unusual talent would be that I am a sneakerhead. I buy, sell, and trade sneakers as a hobby. There is nothing I enjoy more than picking up a new pair on the weekends.
How did you first hear about Hoopfest? When we moved back to Spokane in Spring of 2000, my dad played in Hoopfest that June. I remember he played with my two uncles and it felt like a family reunion. All of my relatives went and watched every game. The atmosphere around his court was amazing and I wanted to be a part of it. The second that weekend was over, I told my parents that I wanted to play the next year. Ever since Hoopfest 2001, I have played or attended every Hoopfest and would never dream of missing that weekend.
Why did you choose to intern with Hoopfest? I chose to intern with Spokane Hoopfest because of what Hoopfest means to me. Hoopfest is the greatest basketball weekend in the world and it is right in my own backyard. I wanted to be a part of the family that puts this amazing weekend together. Basketball has been such a huge part of my life and helping put this weekend together sounded like an amazing opportunity to give back to my community as well as feed my basketball drive.
What has been your favorite part since starting your internship with Hoopfest? My favorite part of interning at Hoopfest was my first day on the job when Bailee asked me to work 14 hours. I was beyond excited to have the opportunity to serve all the sponsors and people who attended the Hoopfest Tip-Off Party. It turned out to be one of the best times ever getting to work with all of the other interns and put on such a great event. It was an absolute blast and I loved every second of it and can’t wait to see what Hoopfest 27 has in store.