July 24, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University rising senior women's golfer Audrey Dalton (Portland, Ore./St. Mary) is spending her summer near her hometown in Oregon, but is not at your typical summer job. She was selected as one of the summer interns comprised of Division I student-athletes to work at Nike headquarters.
During the course of the summer, Dalton will provide updates on her experience at Nike, where she is working in the U.S. Kids Merchandising Department.
Dalton posted an 83.20 stroke average last year, which ranked sixth on the team, and appeared in all of the team's spring tournaments, trying for 40th place at the BIG EAST Championship.
"The Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. is constantly buzzing with activity. The beginning of July brought sunshine and The Opening, a unique training experience for the top 150 high school football players. The athletes went through SPARQ testing and had the opportunity to train under amazing coaches and players. I felt like I was watching the future of college and professional football right here on campus, as many of these players will undoubtedly take their talents to the next level and beyond.
"Since we are a sports company, there are constantly different events happening on campus with different athletes. Last month ultra-endurance athlete Jason Lester finished his 4,800-mile journey across the United States as part of Nike Better World at the WHQ. There was an event celebrating his journey with free t-shirts and posters that he signed. Nike Better World is an initiative to create more sustainable products with a lower environmental impact but still elevate Nike's athletic performance.
"The Nike interns have had a disappointing show at the last two events in the Nike/Intel Olympics, losing to Intel during Trivia Night and Beach Volleyball. I personally found that trivia is, well, trivial, and that my athletic skills are much better suited toward chipping and putting than setting and spiking, but I had a lot of fun competing with my fellow interns. Speaking of interns, there are two other Hoyas in Beaverton with me for the summer: Tommy Muller, a member of the men's soccer team and Christopher Harvey, a manager for the men's basketball team.
"The internship program has also put on a speaker series throughout the summer with leaders in many different areas of the company coming to talk to interns about their experience at Nike, how they got to where they are today, and advice for future leaders like us. This has been a great way to gain exposure to the many different facets of Nike and helped me understand how the company works together as a whole.
"To round out the month of July, The Chance U.S. Finals have brought 100 female and 50 male soccer players to campus this week to train and compete. The female players are vying for 18 spots to compete in England and watch the U.S. Women's National Team play Korea in the Olympics. The men are competing for four spots to represent the U.S. at The Chance Finals in Spain, where they will compete against other finalists from all around the world."
The Hoyas open the 2012-13 season on Sunday, Sept. 9, competing in the Golfweek Preview, a showcase event in Pawleys Island, S.C. The three-day, 54-hole tournament runs through Tuesday, Sept. 11 and features 12 teams.