My first week at Isplack
Hot sun, red swim shorts, a small pool in the middle of the Galena Wilderness; this was my life for the past four summers. It was a good gig. Lifeguarding is a laidback job where you can enjoy the outdoors and typically hang out with other people who are the same age as you. I loved it; however, I had this feeling that I wanted to do more. I wanted to pursue a job that had a strong connection to me and the person that I am. What I found was an internship at isplack, an up-and-coming eye black company out of Boulder, Colorado.
Eye black, huh? I rarely wear eye black. Even though I am involved in two division III sports at Luther College, a small liberal arts college in Northeast Iowa, I haven’t worn eye black for any competitions in my three years. Even though I don’t wear eye black, I love sports and competition. Every college student is trying to understand what they are passionate about and what they want to be doing for the rest of their lives. I am thinking, “This is great, I have found a job that connects with my hobbies and passions.”
I have learned a great deal so far. I have gotten hands-on experience with how a startup business handles sales, distribution, and its customers. What I didn’t expect is how much isplack would change my philosophy of how to approach my own sports.
The isplack team took a trip to Commerce City for the USA vs. Japan Women’s Olympic exhibition match just yesterday for tailgating and promotion. I saw tons of fans, young and old, who approached our tent with the excitement to wear their team’s colors. These fans didn’t just want to sit in the stand and witness their team play, they wanted to be an active part of their team and the game.
Passion for a sport can be found anywhere and the most passionate people I found at the game were young groups of girls. These girls asked for us to paint American flags, red, white and blue stripes under their eyes, and the number of their favorite player on their faces. They wanted pride, spirit, and enthusiasm visible for all to see. They wanted to do more. What isplack does is it allows fans and players to express these passions in an unique way unlike any other.
This job has not only allowed me to work in an environment that is connected to my passions, it has showed how to connect on a greater level with my passions too. I’m going to be a senior next year, my final year that I will be putting on a football helmet, my final year that I will put on my track uniform. Seeing those fans in Commerce City, I now know that I haven’t done as a much as I could have to show my love and support for my sport, but I will this year with the help of isplack.
No fan wants to sit and watch a game without showing as much love and support as they can, just like no college student wants to spend their time sitting in a lifeguard chair for 10 hours a day when they could be doing a job that allows them to express their passions.
I am looking forward to this summer. This internship will be a great channel for my talents just like isplack is a great channel for an athlete’s or fan’s creativity and passion.
Get your colors on!
Cooper Nelson, intern