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Warriors Future Leaders - 1/15/13
January 16, 2013
In recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday and National Mentoring Month, the Warriors hosted ten 11th and 12th graders from the Career Exploration program at Skyline High School as a part of the Future Leaders program.
As they arrived they were welcomed to the Warriors executive offices and practice facility by Warriors television and radio analyst, and NBA veteran, Jim Barnett.
While the students ate lunch Jim spoke to them about his days playing in the NBA and how that helped him transition into his TV analyst role.
Jim encouraged the students to strive to reach their goals.
After lunch, the students were treated to a tour of the executive offices and practice facility from Director of Facilities, Ricky Jones.
During the tour the students were able to see where the business and the basketball side of the Warriors merge into one.
After the tour, the students were broken up into smaller groups to shadow staff members from various departments such as marketing ...
... ticket services ...
... ticket sales ...
... game operations ...
... finance ...
... communications ...
... and corporate partnerships.
This gave the students the opportunity to ask additional in-depth questions to find out more about the different departments. Each student was given a special Warriors notebook to record important notes throughout the day.
Each Warriors staff member spoke about their profession, passions, and dedication to their day-to-day Warriors responsibilities.
The students gathered together after their one-on-one breakout sessions to spend time with Warriors player Andrew Bogut, who shared with them what his dreams and visions were growing up.
Andrew spoke about his journey from Australia to college and finally to the NBA. He explained to the students that because of his hard work and education, he was able to achieve his goals.
At the end of the Q&A, Andrew surprised the student who collected the most business cards with an autographed jersey.
No one went home empty-handed as Andrew passed out Warriors gift bags to all the students.
The students left with a better understanding of the different careers available in the sports industry, as well as what goes on behind the scenes. Special thanks to Skyline High School in Oakland and their Career Exploration program for making the event a huge success.