Featured Athlete: A.J. Rompza

The NBA lockout is still going on, WHACK! But basketball will still be going down in Orlando. The UCF Knights kicked off the season on Nov 5th against West VA Tech!

AJNow, AJ isn't just a UCF basketball player, he is one of the most positive people I have ever encountered! His twitter account is a must follow (@A3Rompza) filled with positive anecdotes, tweets of determination and of course some comical relief but the boys got skills! If you haven't seen this its a must watch!

In a sports world filled with cocky players, players getting arrested or doing anything other then playing the game they love, it was refreshing to come across such a young, vibrant, and talented player with such a positive outlook on life and a true love for the game. He nevers takes a day for granted and reminded me to do the same, AJ thank you for your inspiration! GO KNIGHTS!

Female Sports Professional: Angie Taylor

Have you been engaging in Twitter #chats? If not, you should be! It is a great way to meet others with similar interests as well as gain insight into some interesting topics. Today we are featuring PR specialist, Angie Taylor, the host of #SportsPRchat on Twitter! She has been involved with the sports industry for the past 6 years. 


Please give us a little background on how you got to your current role:          

Outside of my full-time position as Assistant Account Executive for Weber Shandwick, a global public relations firm, I became involved with #SportsPRchat, a Twitter-hosted chat (every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. ET), earlier this year. The chat features questions based on current sports issues and communications trends affecting the industry.

Female Sports Professional: Marcelle English

Did you know that women watch more sports than soap operas! Yep, BigResearch Media Study found us that over 60% of women watched sports regularly vs. 42% who watched soap operas regularly. Thanks to sites like Jersey Girl Sports for recognizing this and creating a one stop shop for for female sports fans around the world! Today we are happy to have one of the founders of this great site, Marcelle English, who has been in the sports industry for almost 7 years, share her experience with us. Marcelle

Very similar to LadyBallers, Jersey Girl Sports strive to create an experience where a woman can find her place and add value within her favorite sport. Additionally they educate, inform and entertain women who enjoy sports. Jersey Girl Sports understands the power and influence that women have in sports and thus creates opportunities to capitalize on the strengths and value they bring to the industry.

Please give us a little background on how you got to your current role: I have been a sports enthusiast for since high school. I did my first celebrity athlete interview in high school with baseball and football Great, Bo Jackson, and I went on to cover the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. While in college I wrote for the sports section of my college paper. While doing morning drive radio in Atlanta, I met a number of athletes and when leaving that job I decided to open my own PR/Marketing Agency that catered to professional athletes. My first client became the starting QB for the Dallas Cowboys, Quincy Carter. So taking all of my sports passion and knowledge, I was able to put all of that into what I do today with Jersey Girl Sports.  

Female Sports Professional: Adena Andrews

Have you heard about Yes, it is a bit different from the LadyBallers mission but just as strong towards respect for female sports fans. ESPNW's "first business dedicated to serving female athletes and fans. We'll shine a brighter spotlight on women's sports, and put you in touch with top female athletes from across the globe." Today we have the pleasure with learning more about one of their columnists, Adena Andrews who has been in the sports industry for 7 years. 


Please give us a little background on how you got to your current role: After graduating from the University of Southern California in 2007 with a B.A. in Print Journalism I interned with ESPN The Magazine for six months. After that I began working at as an editor. Two years later, espnW was born and I was ready to embark on my new adventure. Lots of networking and the power of social media helped me get where I am and sharpen my skills.

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If you pay any attention to me at all you may know I'm a little overzealous when it comes to Duke and Penn State. That being said, a month or so ago when I heard this rumor that ESPN was going to do a special on Joe Paterno and Mike Krzyzewski I about went through the roof. What a grand idea! Well the time has come for this special to air. This is something that will only happen once in our lifetimes. the two greatest coaches in the history of their respective sports together at once (JoePa is pretty accepted as being the best, Coach K can be argued but in the end I'm sure he'll win).

Female Sports Professional: Melanie Curtsinger

Want to know more about the Communications Manager for the Orlando Magic? We thought so. Happy Monday! We have the lovely Melanie Curtsinger featured as our Female Sports Professional today so brighten your day. In addition to her present role, she has been in the sports industry for 12 years ranging from roles with the University of Kentucky and the Philadelphia 76ers! Find out how her planning ahead scored her entrance into her dream job path.triple

Please give us a little background on how you got to your current role: I am the communications manager for the Orlando Magic, so that means I do everything from setting up media credentials for home games to writing press releases, setting up interviews/appearances for players and coaches, producing the game-day program and even traveling with the team as the PR rep. I completed a year-long internship at the University of Kentucky athletic media relations department after I graduated, did another 13-month internship in my current department with the Magic after that and worked for the Philadelphia 76ers as a public relations coordinator before joining the Magic again full-time in January 2006.

Female Sports Professional: Alana Nguyen


anHappy Monday morning! We have the lovely Alana Nguyen today for our Female Sports Professional feature today, such a great treat. She has 5 years of experience in the sports industry under her belt and is currently the managing editor for Yardbarker, a FOX Sports Interactive company, and she has tons of amazing advice. We appreciate her sharing her journey and experiences. 

How did you learn you wanted to get into the sports industry?

I kind of got here by accident. I had always loved the online media world, but it wasn’t by design that I ended up in the sports corner of it. While in law school I wrote a few personal blogs about various subjects. One of them was a silly cartoon blog about the NBA that ended up getting me a gig as one of the original bloggers on NBA FanHouse. From there I networked my way into a job as a part-time producer for FanHouse and I eventually took over as head producer from my former bosses Jamie Mottram and John Ness. After that role, it was natural to stay in the sports space. 

Female Sports Professional: Lauren Shehadi

LSWe have been on a little hiatus due to the NBA Playoffs (RIP Magic) taking our attention but we are back with a BANG! Today we are featuring Lauren Shehadi with CBS as College Sports Network Anchor and Reporter.

How long have you been in the sports industry? 6 years

Please give us a little background on how you got to your current role: I work daily as an anchor for I also cover college football and action sports for The CBS College Sports Network.  I remember when I stopped playing sports, there was a void to fill. At the time, I was a freshman at the University of Florida and thought I could keep sports a part of my life by majoring in sports journalism. My first interview was Steve Spurrier, I was shaking in my boots.

Female Sports Professional: Alana Glass

AGHave you ever thought to yourself, "Gosh, I really want to be an owner?"

Females, we hear you! Yes, there may be a higher mountain to climb for us and that is why for this week's Female Sports Professional, we wanted to dedicate it to a Alana Glass who believes... "To me ownership is the opportunity to fulfill my entrepreneurial spirit. Create something from nothing. Be my own boss. Be innovative. Inspire and shape tomorrows athletes. Entertain fans. Renew the competitive spirit.  Facilitate teamwork. Make a difference. Dream big. Now that I have a vision for the future, a professional degree and work experience to match I am ready to say I Want To Be An Owner." 

What did she do? She took many steps and shares them on her site where she is the Founder and CEO of  She is also launching Kennedy Clay Sports & Entertainment this summer so make sure to stay tuned for that!

Female Sports Professional: Claire Wright

CWToday we are kicking off the week with out feature: Female Sports Professionals featuring Claire Wright. She has three years experience in the sports industry including working for Orlando Magic ticket sales, the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF) and currently is the Volusia County Marketing and Events Manager with Central Florida Sports Commission. Check out her experiences and advice.