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Appalachian State volleyball junior Lauren Brown had the opportunity to work a the Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis last weekend.
Courtesy: Appalachian State Athletics
Brown Sharpens Skills at Big Ten Championship
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Thursday 12/06/2012 (ET)
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BOONE, N.C. – When given the opportunity to work at last weekend's Big Ten football championship game, Appalachian State University volleyball junior Lauren Brown didn't have to think twice.

"I had a connection back home with someone who works for a marketing firm that was hired by Dr. Pepper to help with promotions and marketing for various football championships and bowl games," said Brown. "When they approached me about potentially working at the Big Ten title game, I jumped at the opportunity."

It was a quick trip for Brown, who was flown to Indianapolis as part of a marketing internship program. As part of her duties, she was assigned to assist with photography and other on-field promotions during the game.

"It was a really unique opportunity for me to see how the marketing side of things worked," said the junior broadcasting major. "I didn't do any of the broadcast side of things while I was there, but it was really cool to see how promotions were run and how important the marketing side of things is."

The time spent in Indianapolis gave Brown the unique opportunity to interact with professionals in the sports broadcasting and marketing fields, something that she thinks will greatly aid her in the future.

"A lot of times it's not only about what you know, but also who you know," said Brown. "The fact that I got to interact with so many people in the industry can only be a good thing. I tried to network and meet as many people as possible because you never know who you might meet down the road."

While Brown enjoyed the marketing and promotions aspect of her time in Indianapolis, she's also focused on her ultimate goal of becoming a sideline reporter for a major sports broadcasting company.

"That's what I want to do, it's what I love to do," she said. "I know that I want to be around sports my entire life and, ultimately, I'd love to end up being on camera and reporting from the sidelines. I think my time at the Big Ten championship gave me a great chance to meet people in the industry and start laying the groundwork for some contacts.

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