Student Makes a Difference at ESPN

by Public Relations

Any sports fan worth his foam finger knows about ESPN. It is, after all, the worldwide leader in sports coverage. That’s why an internship at ESPN is such a wonderful asset for an athletic training major to put on his resume. Samuel Wichael ’11 had that opportunity last summer when he interned at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla.

“During the summer months the Wide World of Sports complex hosts a wide variety of sporting events from amateur to professional, from soccer to football to rugby,” said Steve Patterson, director of the athletic training program at Cedarville. “You name it, it takes place. So for our students the exposure to so many different skills, ages and types of athletes is invaluable.”

Wichael was chosen from a pool of 150 applicants for one of 14 intern spots. “At first I didn’t know how to react,” he said. “I was super excited … just having this on my resume was going to help my chances for jobs and grad schools.”

“I applied because I know that just my education alone won’t get me a job,” Wichael said. “I have to seek out opportunities and take advantage of them.”

He had the opportunity to work tournaments for baseball, softball, basketball, lacrosse, gymnastics, soccer and hockey. “I provided any and all forms of medical aid, from covering small scrapes and cuts to providing the immediate emergency care for broken bones, displaced teeth, concussions and ruptured spleens. In these situations, my education and what I had learned from Cedarville’s athletic training program was put to the test. I can proudly say that Cedarville definitely prepared me for all of the dealings with injuries, communication with my boss and relating to parents that were panicking about their injured child.”

This internship also gave Wichael the opportunity to share his faith. One coworker in particular was impressed by his living witness. “She told me that she had known Christians before and she had always discredited them because they were either hypocritical or trying to shove Jesus down her throat. At the end of the summer, she said that she had never seen a better example of a Christian in her life. And because of that, she started reading the Bible and has been going to church.”

Wichael’s hard work didn’t go unnoticed. At the end of the summer, his supervisors told him that he was one of the best interns they had ever had. They were impressed with his work ethic and praised Cedarville University for preparing him so well.

“Internships are not required,” Patterson said, “but from the very beginning we are guiding them towards their career setting and will help them find internship positions that fit those goals. We want the students to get the best exposure out there to help them with their career.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,200 undergraduate, graduate, and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at