Erika Beale, a Junior at Gonzaga University, comes to us by way of Portland, OR. She is majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Broadcasting. Erika is currently a Resident Assistant for Gonzaga Housing and Residence Life and a Student Assistant for University Ministry. Learn more about her story and experience interning at Hoopfest:
What are your future plans?
I would love to stay in sports. Sports has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. The fast pace world and the high energy that comes from being in sports is something that I have truly enjoyed throughout my life and especially at Hoopfest. Being from Portland, Adidas or Nike would be the dream, but as long as I am doing something I really love, then I don’t care where I end up.
Outside of school, what do you enjoy doing?
I love the competitive world of sports. I currently play intramural volleyball at Gonzaga and go to a lot of the Gonzaga basketball games, both men’s and women’s. I also love music. I have sang in a choir since a young age and love to sing with my brother and play our guitars. Music will always be a big part of my life.
How did you first hear about Hoopfest?
Going to Gonzaga, Hoopfest is a student tradition. Even if I haven’t been in Spokane for the summer, my friends always ask me if I am coming up for the weekend. I reached out to intern with Hoopfest to get some real work experience with an organization that does something really special every summer. I was lucky enough that they decided I deserved to be a part of the team.
Why did you choose to intern with Hoopfest?
I have heard such amazing things from people playing and just hanging out for the weekend. Hoopfest really brings the Spokane community together and calls people from all around for fun and basketball. I want to be in the sports world for the rest of my life and I have the best basketball surrounding me in Spokane. Between Gonzaga basketball and Hoopfest, I get to constantly be surrounded by incredible play and even better energy. Why wouldn’t you want to have a greater hand in the work that Hoopfest is doing, during Hoopfest weekend and with Spokane AAU?
What has been your favorite part since starting your internship with Hoopfest?
Getting to spend time with all of the people that make Hoopfest possible. I have worked the Hotshot competition and Championship Weekend for Spokane AAU and met some wonderful people who work to make the basketball experience so incredible for the young people involved. The environment in the office has been a blast, too. Working with Hoopfest never really feels like work. I am excited to see what all of this energy and involvement can do for everyone playing and attending Hoopfest weekend in 2017.
Fun Facts About Erika:
Played in a handbell choir for 6 years. Originally from a small town of 1,500 people in Wisconsin called Mayville.