Pacific Lutheran University men's basketball senior student-athlete Dylan Foreman documented his summer interning with the WNBA's Seattle Storm for GoLutes.com. Foreman has scored 956 career points in a Lute uniform and is active on campus outside of basketball, serving as a member of Mast Media and can be heard on the webstream broadcasts of baseball, men's and women's soccer, and volleyball.
This summer, I've been blessed with the opportunity to work for the Seattle Storm as a broadcast intern and a practice player. The Seattle Storm is a Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) organization filled to the brim with talent both on the court with all-star players Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart along with excellent off the court personnel like my boss, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Operations Shannon Burley.
As a broadcast intern, I show up game days and assist our on-air talent Elise Woodward and Dick Fain with pregame and halftime duties. During the game, I sit at the scorer's table at mid-court and am coordinating media timeouts and commercial breaks with the television producer to make sure they sync up. I also am the eyes and ears for the producer on the court, in case anything happens that delays the game such as replays. Beyond working as a broadcast intern, I also get to play with the team.
I also have the opportunity to interact with the players at practice in trying to prepare them for their upcoming games. I've done simple things like rebound and pass so that they can get shots up all the way to being a dummy defender. Often though I get to participate in live drills to which I use my basketball skills to challenge them.
Scout team is the coolest experience because I get the opportunity to emulate another player from another team, learn their plays as best as I can to help give the best look possible for the Storm.
Through practices and watching the Storm play in games has reinforced my admiration for women's basketball and their level of athleticism. On a consistent basis, I come home from practice completely exhausted and beat up by the physicality of which these players play at ALL THE TIME.
I have learned so much in my short time with the Storm. I've got to see the business of what it takes to be a successful broadcaster by seeing what Woodward and Fain do every game and now have a much better understanding of how a live sports broadcast works. I have become a better basketball player by watching and learning from the best players in the world for women's basketball and I've been in awe since I started interning for the organization.
The most rewarding experience I had this summer was being able to watch and participate in the WNBA all-star game in Seattle to which I saw stars from all across the league like Diana Taurasi and Candace Parker; a memory I shall keep for a long time.