USA Softball welcomes intern class of Summer 2018

By Maddie Heaps (mheaps@usasoftball.com) | June 05, 2018, 1:59 p.m. (ET)

USA Softball is thrilled to announce their internship class of Summer 2018, bringing in young sports industry talent from across the country to help the organization during its busiest season. Each intern spends the summer based in USA Softball’s headquarters in Oklahoma City, and will also travel with the organization to help administer and cover many elite tournaments around the country. The USA Softball Membership Department staff welcomes two interns, Haley Hall (Galena, Kan.) and Alex Kossoff (Redondo Beach, Calif.), and the Communications Department welcomes Maddie Heaps (Alameda, Calif.).

 

In partnership with the Association of Women in Sports Media (AWSM), Maddie Heaps joins USA Softball as a Communications intern. As a member of the prestigious 2018 AWSM Scholars class, Heaps is one of nine young women from across the country placed in roles in broadcast production, broadcast reporting, print/digital reporting and media relations with prominent sports organizations.  A University of California, Berkeley (Cal) graduate, Maddie earned her Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and Media Studies, while spending four years working for the Cal Athletics department as a media relations student assistant. In her time at Cal, Heaps acted as the secondary sports information contact for Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Softball, Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics and Crew teams.  In the Fall of 2017, Heaps became one of the nation’s youngest Power Five Conferences NCAA Division I media contact, heading coverage of Cal’s cross country programs.  Heaps’ previous experience in sports information will aid USA Softball as she works with the Communications team to cover the efforts of all of the organization’s national teams and grassroots programs, and events around the country. Key events in which Heaps will assist in coverage include: the Women’s National Team (WNT) training camp in Houston, Texas, the USA Softball All-American Games in Oklahoma City, Okla., the USA Softball International Cup in Irvine, Calif., the GOLD National Championships in Plano, Texas and the USA Softball JO Cup in St. Louis, Mo.  After a summer with USA Softball, Heaps will begin her career at Eastern Michigan University within the athletic department as a media relations graduate assistant.  At Eastern Michigan, Heaps will specialize as the second contact for the Eagles football team while earning her Master’s Degree in sports management.

 

Haley Hall joins USA Softball as an Event Management intern for the summer of 2018 and hopes to gain more experience in the professional sports world. Hall is entering her senior year of college at the University of Oklahoma where she studies Sports Management and Accounting in the Price College of Business. Hall has spent the past two years as a marketing intern for Oklahoma Athletics, helping the department plan and execute all promotional aspects for the Sooners home events while also balancing her role as a student assistant for Oklahoma Athletics’ Nutrition department. Hall also spent six months in her freshman year of college in Orlando, Fla. as a member of Walt Disney World’s college internship program. Having played softball in her youth, Hall uses her knowledge of the game to help the events department at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex by creating signage for fan areas, stocking concessions stands, and assisting bracketing for USA Softball tournaments. After her summer at USA Softball and graduating from Oklahoma, Hall hopes to attend graduate school and earn a Masters Degree in Sports Administration to continue her pursuit of a career in the sports field.


A former Florida State softball player, Alex Kossoff joins USA Softball as an Event Management intern during her summer break from graduate school at the University of Florida, pursuing event management experience for a career in sports event management. Kossoff earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Sport Management. Kossoff grew up playing for USA Softball on travel ball teams, leading her to a successful four-year collegiate career with the Florida State program, where the Seminoles never lost an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) series. A former player at the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS), Kossoff has experienced the operations-side of the event in her role with USA Softball.  Duties like stocking concessions, ensuring team and locker room cleanliness, and other day-to-day operations, Kossoff will spend the rest of the summer along with Hall and the Event Management team ensuring all USA Softball events are the best in the business.