- Written by Joseph Barrett, Courtesy of Endicott College -
BEVERLY, Mass. — The International Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, Mass. is a spectacle unlike any other in the volleyball world. For two Endicott student-athletes, an opportunity to become a part of that world made for successful internships.
In a year where many students have struggled to find internships, senior Justin Kegebein prevailed and found himself a position at the sport's mecca.
When he wasn't in countless amounts of Zoom calls, he spent most of his time comparing ticket prices to other hall of fames, transforming the website, and learning the ins-and-outs of the industry. The remote experience was, again, rather unordinary. Kegebein, who is a sport management major at Endicott, felt the experience was initially difficult, but it became more doable as the summer went on.
"The thing I mostly got out of it was understanding how a company's employees work together: throwing out numerous ideas as to how to move forward," Kegebein said. "I gained valuable skills and knowledge that will help me prepare for my future in the sports industry.
Despite the remote inconvenience, the power of adjustment is nothing new to Kegebein. His head coach, George Chapell, a 2008 alum of the men's volleyball program, has always admired Kegebein's strength to persevere.
"Last year, Justin's father passed away after a long battle right before the beginning of our season. He was dealt a tough hand, but never quit. He was able to adapt and continued to put his best effort forward," Chapell said.
As for the internship, Kegebein and Chapell both felt the experience only reassured Kegebein's everlasting love for the sport. He thrived at the site, and it's something that will linger in his duties for years to come.
"He saw the opportunity and took it in stride," Chapell said. "He was able to combine his passion with an educational opportunity which enriched his experience. In a way, it is pretty great to see him come back and serve the sport."
ABOUT THE NECC
The NECC began competition in the 2008-09 academic year and current member institutions compete across 16 sports. The NECC membership focuses on providing athletic competition among institutions that share similar academic aspirations and are committed to the importance of the total educational experience for students engaged in sport. Bay Path University, Becker College, Eastern Nazarene College, Elms College, Lesley University, Mitchell College and New England College are the conference’s current members. For more information, please visit neccathletics.com