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Summer catch: Daniel Bickey ’23 working as stadium operations intern for Colorado baseball team

Daniel Bickey ’23

The work ethic Daniel Bickey ’23 honed at Randolph College has served him well this summer during an internship with the Rocky Mountain Vibes, a Pioneer League baseball team based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“Our business department is very demanding of its students to show up and show out everyday. The tough standards and high expectations have molded me into the person that I am,” he said. “I have been able to translate that into my internship by showing up every day ready to tackle whatever task is in front of me.”

His supervisor, Dan Ortiz, has seen that firsthand.

“He always has a smile on his face and won’t stop until the job is done,” said Ortiz, the Vibes’ clubhouse manager. “You could tell he wants to be better every day and jumped at every task that was given to him.”

As a stadium operations intern, Bickey ensures the stadium is ready for every game, from the restrooms to the concession stands.

“It’s given me the opportunity to go behind the scenes on the field and see everything that it takes to run a sports organization from a business perspective,” said Bickey, who is also a member of the College’s men’s basketball team.

While he first came to Randolph to play basketball, Bickey stayed because of the community he found here.

“Our professors know who we are and can tell when we fall behind. Because of this close relationship, it allows them to pull out the best in us,” Bickey said. “The connections I’ve made with so many different people here and the experiences we have had together—I wouldn’t trade for the world. That, to me, is living life abundantly.”

Bickey received support from the Randolph Innovative Student Experience (RISE) grant program, which is paying for his housing in Colorado this summer.

After graduation, he plans to apply for Randolph’s Master of Arts in Coaching and Sport Leadership program.

“This internship has provided me with great experience and lessons that I am very grateful for,” he said. “I am sure that will help me in my future.”

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