July 15, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - While many of their teammates are on campus taking classes and working out as they prepare for the 2009 season, two members of the Hoya football team are training in a different way. Senior slotback Robert Lane (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) and senior linebacker Joey Tavarez (San Juan Capo, Calif./Mater Dei) are both serving internships in New York City, Lane with IMG and Tavarez with First American Title Insurance Co. of New York.
While they are working every day in New York, the pair has made time to work out in preparation for the coming season. "Monday through Friday is literally only work and working out," Lane said via e-mail.
Tavarez would work a full day - from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - and then head to class from 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. With little time to rest, he and Lane did not want to waste the day, so after Tavarez's class got out, the pair would head to the weight room. Most nights, they would work out in the weight room - using a program set up by Strength & Conditioning Coach Augie Maurelli - and then return to their apartment. That's when the real fun would start.
Wanting to continue their workout and take advantage of their time before hitting the sack, Lane and Tavarez have run flights of stairs in their building. Each night, they would be passing by other people in the building running 25 flights of stairs.
"Rob and I make regular trips up to the 25th floor of our building to try and stay in shape from a cardiovascular standpoint," Tavarez said. "Running the stairs probably isn't as interesting as one would think. We have tried, unsuccessfully, to play music in there, but that hasn't worked out."
Now that Tavarez's class is done, their schedule is a bit normal, with workouts beginning around 6 p.m.
"This makes for long days, but we realize if we slack off, there is no chance that we will be ready for our August 10 move-in date for camp or for the 2009 football season," Lane said.
The added excitement for the pair is living in New York. "Living and working in New York has been a blast for both of us," Lane said. "I miss being on campus and not being around the guys, but I am having a great summer and am really loving my job."
Lane is working for IMG, the world's premier and most diversified sports, entertainment and media company. "It was a real learning experience in the first month," Lane said. "I'm really glad to be part of such a diverse and successful company."
Most recently, Lane had the experience of working on a major sports event when he assisted with the company's work on Wimbledon, which IMG represents. During the fortnight, he spent time logging nearly every second of Wimbledon coverage, making sure that all of the contractual obligations for the championship were met. In addition, he also helped staff a major Wimbledon event at Rockefeller Center during the first day of play. The event included tennis greats Jim Courier and Jennifer Capriati playing an exhibition match against one another on a grass court in the middle of Rockefeller Center.
"It wasn't as easy as it sounded (logging coverage)," said Lane, who will be doing similar work in the coming weeks on the British Open golf tournament. "We have to mark down hit times for every commercial, every sponsor exposure and every on-air mention during broadcasts on ESPN, NBC and the Tennis Channel."
Tavarez has been working for the vice president of the New York office at First American. "I've been working with another intern on an analysis of the major financial institutions and First American's relationship to them," he said. "We're trying to figure out trends in the business and how to better serve them as clients. It's been a good experience working and living here has been a lot of fun."
While their teammates have been working out on-campus, Lane and Tavarez have been doing much the same, just building workouts into their schedules.
"To stay in touch, the linebackers use chain e-mails and phone calls to see how everyone is doing," Tavarez said. "So far, it's been a great summer, but I'm looking forward to getting back on the Hilltop for my senior season."
"It's not like it was for us the last two years when we were on-campus," Lane said, "but we're working as hard as ever to make sure we start this season on the right foot. The weight room workouts have been great and we're treating the stair workouts like we do the Exorcist Steps - we're making our little piece of Georgetown here in New York."