Make money off what you love

When a young boy grows up loving, playing, and even writing about baseball, yet he is unable to play at the collegiate level, there must be a way to stay around the game. Eric Ortiz started playing baseball at three years old and immediately fell in love with America’s greatest pastime. As he grew older, Eric developed a deeper understanding of the game just by teaching himself some of the most sophisticated sides of baseball. He became fascinated with baseball photography, writing, and even the statistics.

As a junior in high school searching for colleges, a man named Jay Baugham informed Eric of the opportunity to study sports management and work in sports at Campbell University. What was once just a leisure activity, he could now get paid for taking baseball photography, writing game recaps, and keeping a scorebook.

Jay connected Eric to Media Services in the Campbell athletic department where he worked for two years as a student worker. Everyone in the department was impressed with the sports knowledge he possessed beyond his years and he knew he wanted to become a sports information director after graduation.

Of course plans change, as Eric made the transition from Campbell to Appalachian State in the fall of 2016. He changed his major from sport management to broadcast journalism to gain more knowledge in the classroom about sports media.

Another Campbell connection led Eric to the Sports Information office at Appalachian, where he has already left an impact on his employers in Boone.

As a junior at Appalachian State, Eric credits his childhood love for baseball and Campbell for setting him on his journey to grow in the sports world. He hopes to learn more each day about sports media and become one of the best sports information directors in the industry.

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