Meet the interns: Jared Christy

Continuing to spotlight our wonderful interns … up next is Jared Christy, who interned with us this summer. He is attending Whitworth University this fall while majoring in finance and marketing.

Spokane Hoopfest loves to offer internship opportunities for students to gain experience and provide them with a professional work environment to foster their talents.

“Jared has been a huge help to our team this summer,” says Bailee Neyland, Director of Brand Strategy and Business Development. “Always willing to jump on to a project, Jared has been able to see the various workings behind-the-scenes of what not only Hoopfest the tournament, but Hoopfest the organization, entails!”

As someone who has played in Hoopfest for as long as he can remember, meet Jared Christy:

Why did you intern for Hoopfest?

“I interned for Hoopfest, because I felt that it gave me a great opportunity to learn marketing strategies and workplace etiquette, all while having it relate back to basketball. My life has been centered around basketball and it has been an awesome experience to be able to gain business skills working on material that I am passionate about.”

What was your experience with Hoopfest prior to your internship?

“Prior to my internship here, I had played in Hoopfest every year since I can remember. It was always a great experience and I wanted to learn what went into planning the weekend.”

What are your future plans/aspirations?

“I hope to become a financial adviser once I graduate from Whitworth.”

Outside of school, what are some of your favorite activities?

“I love playing basketball, wake surfing and snow skiing.”

What was your favorite part of being a Hoopfest intern?

“My favorite part of being an intern here was the people I met. This summer I worked with everybody in the office at some point and only had positive experiences. I feel as if I have learned different things from each team member that will help me become successful in my future.”

Other random/fun facts?

“I have won my Hoopfest court five times, but am currently on a five-year losing streak.”


Jared helped prepare and promote Hoopfest 2017 to the rest of the world and for that we are thankful! We want to thank Jared for his time this summer and wish him good luck in his future endeavors!

Hoopfest is always looking for young and motivated interns to help around the Hoopfest office. With the generosity of Bank of America, high schoolers that are looking to become Hoopfest Interns will receive a grant, as well as financial literacy training from local Bank of America employees to help the interns practice “Better Money Habits” for their future.  For more information on what interns can gain while at Hoopfest, check out this story and send your resume and cover letter to

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