CHANDLER RICHARDSON Jan. 20, 2015 “The time is always right to do what is right.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Growing up in the small town of Burlington, New Jersey, I lived a relatively sheltered life. I grew up in a close sport-centric family which only furthered my desire to be active and to be around a lot of people. My love for sports and my love for people led me to Temple University to pursue a degree in Sport Management. Without Temple University, I would not have found the desire for the sport industry as well as the desire to serve the surrounding community, particularly young children. I certainly would not have broadened my horizons by spending five months abroad, therefore solidifying my independence. Simply put, I would not be who I am today. Community Service During my first year at Temple, I was lucky enough to join Jumpstart Philadelphia at Temple University. Jumpstart is a language and literacy program for low income communities that aims to make young students ages 3-5 as prepared for kindergarten as possible. We seek to provide these kids with the skills and the support they need for success that they otherwise might not receive. I am on a team of 6 other corps members all working towards the same goal. Through this, I developed a strong desire to give back to the Philadelphia community and help those that need it. I believe the best way to better oneself is through the service of others and the community. My time working with those kids in the classroom and with my teammates outside of the classroom has been my favorite time spent in Philadelphia. One of the main reasons I love the work I have done and still continue to do with Jumpstart is because it taught me what it means to be a good person. I believe in honesty and integrity and incorporate them into everything I do. One of the main qualities serving with Jumpstart has taught me is dependability. Year after year, the kids depend on me and my team of 6 other corps members depend on me. Jumpstart has taught me the value of fairness and the importance of equality. Though it sometimes seems as though these ideals are underrated, they are the highest rated qualities in my life. These are all things that have been cemented into my life without any chance of eroding. CHANDLER RICHARDSON Jan. 20, 2015 Industry Experience Study Abroad London 2014 One of my first experiences within the sport industry was my My entire spring semester of 2014 was spent involvement with the Philadelphia in London, England. This was the first time I 76ers. I interned with the Fan was truly away from home and on my own. Experience Department for the 2012London challenged my beliefs and my view 2013 season. This was a challenging of the world as well as my place in it. It was internship where a lot was expected of equally as humbling as it was empowering. I me. This internship strengthened my learned that there were many things more customer service and people skills. My important than my troubles and my issues; next big experience was my junior the world is bigger than me. I saw how little internship with athletic department at my presence mattered but I also saw the Philadelphia University under the potential for my presence to matter. I came Compliance Officer. I strengthened my back to Philadelphia with more realistic computer skills by spending every day goals for my future, but ultimately, I came on Excel, Word, and other compliance back with a better understanding of myself. I databases. Though I learned a lot of am aware that I will change based on the tangible skills during this internship, it experiences and the challenges I encounter, made me realize that I truly thrive when but I am confident in myself and my ability I am working with people face-to-face. to face those challenges. In the summer of 2014, I spent 10 days with the US Olympic Committee in their Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere (FLAME) program. This was a program designed to educate the participants on the importance of diversity in organizations. The participants then created a solution to the diversity problems the National Governing Bodies were facing. Though I have completed little acts of volunteering in between these experiences, these are the ones that have shaped my professional career the most so far. What do I Bring to the Table? Though I am still developing as a professional, and will continue to do so for the rest of my life, I have established a strong foundation based on the values that I perceive to be the most important. This foundation was formed through all of my experiences in college and surely would be a different and less stable foundation without them. I have a desire to succeed that coincides with my desire to be a good person. I am confident in myself and my abilities but am also eager to learn anything and everything that will make me a better person and professional. Though I tend to be extremely hard on myself, this allows me to never get too complacent. I am always (over)analyzing my experiences to see how I can improve when the next experience comes along. When facing the toughest of challenges, I still consider the glass to be half full, even if by a millimeter. I plan to take this optimistic attitude and enthusiasm with me in whatever opportunities come my way.