By Drew Schoenbauer
This weekend, arguably the biggest football event in the world is coming to none other than the great northern state of Minnesota.
Unfortunately, the Vikings missed making it after a 38-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. As tough as that was, there are a few students from the CSB/SJU community that still have a lot to look forward to.
Mason DeMorett, a senior economics major, is one of four students who will be volunteering at US Bank Stadium this coming Sunday at Super Bowl LII.
“I am very excited to have this opportunity,” DeMorett said via email. “The Super Bowl is, in my opinion, the biggest sporting event of the whole year, and getting to be a part of it is something I will always remember. Even though the Vikings did not make it, I will always carry this memory with me.”
DeMorett got this opportunity through his internship this summer at the Minnesota Vikings Training Camp. He received an email notifying him the National Football League was looking for volunteers this February. He immediately jumped on it saying he was interested and was contacted by the NFL just a few days afterward. He has been working in the Football Operations Area and has been having a lot of fun with it.
“My favorite part has been working with so many awesome football fans,” DeMorrett said. “The fans are very excited about seeing all of the awesome features about the [Super Bowl Experience]. Most of the fans are
Vikings fans, but the loss in the NFC Championship game does not seem to bother them; they are just ecstatic about having such an event of this magnitude in our state.”
There are not many people who wouldn’t be overly excited by such an opportunity, but “overly excited” doesn’t quite do justice to the significance of this job for DeMorett. This volunteering position is just a stepping stone for him to reach his dream job in the NFL.
“The opportunity means a lot to me,” DeMorett said. “Even though I’m not working at ‘the game,’ it’s still an amazing opportunity. In addition, it’s my goal to work in the NFL someday, and this will be a great resume booster.”
Although he has been in contact with the NFL and doing work for months now, the biggest part of this volunteering opportunity has yet to come. DeMorett talked about what he is looking forward to most about working at the Super Bowl.
“Just being able to enjoy and soak in the experience. I have already been picking the brains of the NFL employees I work with, and they have a ton of great advice. I have been fortunate to land such a great opportunity out of a great internship, and I am just going to work as hard as I can to the best of my abilities and enjoy the moment.”
DeMorett, a dedicated sports fan who can often be seen wearing one of the jerseys from his large collection, is all smiles about being able to work such an event.
“I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this opportunity. I get to work for the NFL at the Super Bowl, what could possibly be bad about it?” DeMorett said.
CSB/SJU Executive Director of Public Relations Michael Hemmesch is volunteering at Super Bowl Live at Nicollet Mall and will also assist with the Super Bowl halftime show.
“I love meeting new people from across the country and showcasing why Minnesota is a great place to live,” Hemmesch said via email.
Super Bowl LII will take place at 5:30 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 4 at the U.S. Bank Stadium.