It’s Monday and Logan Anderson just saw Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in the parking lot. The brushes with fame are just part of his internship with the NBA team.
Anderson works as a corporate and community responsibility intern at Maverick’s headquarters and practice facility, nestled amid the tall glass and mirror buildings of downtown Dallas. A rising senior studying marketing, she had never been outside of her hometown of Richmond for an extended period before.
“Today marks the start of my third week, but I definitely don’t feel like a rookie anymore,” Anderson said. Her experiences with the Mavs so far include working events alongside Cynt Marshall, the NBA’s first black female executive director, coordinating projects for the team’s nonprofit arm, the Dallas Mavericks Foundation, and attending a post-Mavs press conference. to the NBA draft. “I love how every day at my job is different.”
His work week was full. She had a tour scheduled to help guide middle and high school students through Mavericks headquarters, meeting each department head along the way. The next day, she would help create a teen living/learning space at a local nonprofit that provides safe housing and counseling for victims of domestic violence. Later in the week, she planned to volunteer on behalf of the Mavericks with another nonprofit organization that runs community centers and educational programs in Dallas for children in poverty.
“I believe that athletes and sports organizations have an important responsibility to give back to the communities in which they play and reside,” he said. “This is honestly my dream job. I want to make a living in professional sports.”
Anderson is a member of the UR soccer team, but a devastating knee injury her freshman year, along with other setbacks, ended her playing days. Although she was medically withdrawn in the fall of her junior year, she continues to practice with her teammates and helps with logistics and travel.
As she looks forward to her senior year of school and time with the football team, she finds herself inspired by her work with the Mavericks. “I enjoyed my time in Richmond, but I can confidently say that this internship has made me excited for what is to come after school.”