I’m all about sports! I love watching games, especially when they play at a competitive level. I love a close or big point-lead games! My name is Nick Huntimer, I work at the Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota Well, first I went to the deaf school here in Sioux Falls, South Dakota until I was in fourth grade — we found out my grandma had cancer. As a family we decided to move which meant I would be mainstreamed, from there I stayed until I graduated High School. I went to Dakota State University, where I currently work, and graduated with a degree in Business Education with disciplines in computer technology, middle school math, and coaching. During my college years with DSU,
I worked in the athletics department, and that’s how I got my foot in the door. Because I was already working at the Athletics Department when I was a student, my boss was the one who told me to apply for this job. He knew I was motivated and very involved with sports and believed I was a good fit. My position has many different responsibilities for different seasons. For example, in the Fall, there’s Cross Country, Football, and Volleyball. In the Winter, we have Basketball and Track. Then in the Spring, it’s Baseball, Softball and Track. Most of my work is writing previews for the following week’s game, recaps of what happened during a game, game statistics that includes points or who had the first down, and taking pictures. Sometimes I interview coaches or players. I also create graphics to promote upcoming games. For this athletic conference, I write about players of the week on Mondays or sometimes Tuesdays. At DSU, I write and prepare for the next game, create previews for the website, and do some web design. When there’s a lot of people in the gym,
it can get pretty loud. I’m pretty good at lip reading really, so when there is a one on one meeting, I can just lip read. If it’s too hard to hear or read lips, I usually tell them to email or text me. I’m always on my phone, using email and text anyway. To get your foot in the door, start with basic volunteer experience. Take this tournament here for example, we offer volunteering opportunities. There’s many things to do around the court like handling the tables, noting the scores and so on. Get your foot in the door! Sometimes you can even shadow
a person to see what they do, and if it’s something you’re interested in doing —
then keep doing it!