Major League Baseball parks and stadiums are often lauded for their atmosphere. The meeting of nature and sport, the feel-good comfort food served at concession stands and fun traditions like the 7th-inning stretch have all contributed to a mythicism surrounding live baseball.
One of Camden’s own, Parker Robinson, was recently given the opportunity to contribute to a large part of this ballpark atmosphere in an internship with the Atlanta Braves.
In his role, Robinson is working as a production trainee for BravesVision, the Braves’ own in-house production entity. They produce all of the videos and media displayed on the jumbotron at SunTrust Park --- Atlanta’s home stadium --- during Braves games. Robinson’s responsibility is actually, creating some of the videos himself to fire up fans and keep them engaged during slow parts of the game.
For Robinson the chance to work with such a prestigious franchise felt like a dream.
“That was something I was super interested in, with it being a team I grew up being a fan of and being regionally close to where I grew up,” said Robinson, a 2015 Camden High graduate who played football and ran cross country for the Bulldogs.
Robinson was well prepared for this opportunity to work with a professional sports franchise from his time at college. During his days at the University of South Carolina, Robinson worked at the university’s New and Creative Media department. This offered him the opportunity to make videos for South Carolina athletics. Robinson helped create highlight tapes for USC football stars such as quarterback Jake Bentley and running back Rico Dowdle, as well as making hype videos for the team as a whole.
“The experiences of working with Division I athletes, Division I coaches and Division I teams, the exposure I got...and to know what it was like to work in the sports industry was huge. I feel like it’s going to do a lot for me moving forward,” said Robinson, a 2019 USC graduate.
Robinson also has had the opportunity to give back to the community that raised him. In 2017, he came back to Camden and helped film some footage to be displayed on the jumbotron of Zemp Stadium at Camden High School home football games.
Internships such as Robinson’s are coveted. Many kids and teens dream of holding a job for a professional sports franchise like the Braves, and even those who don’t look at it as an excellent job opportunity upon graduating college. As a result, earning these internships are highly competitive. Robinson had to send in some of his previous video work at South Carolina --- as well as undergo multiple interviews --- just to be considered for the position.
“Don’t be afraid and don’t think that any job is too big. Trust in yourself, if you know that you can do something and want to do something, just go for it,” Robinson said, giving advice to those who want to, perhaps, follow in his footsteps.
Many people talk about landing their dream job. Parker Robinson is one of the few who were actually able to accomplish it.
(David Bishop is a rising senior at Camden High School and a member of the Bulldogs’ golf team. He is a summer intern at the Chronicle-Independent.)