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Atlanta-area high school students get glimpse of hospitality careers at Turner Field

Thirty students from Booker T. Washington High School in downtown Atlanta visited Turner Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves, earlier this month to participate in a special Tomahawk Talks program about careers in the sports industry. The program, called Industry Insight, was hosted by the Braves and introduced students to different career paths that are available in professional sports.
Delaware North’s team at Turner Field, led by District Manager Shawn Mattox, was on-hand to provide atlantakitchen360-9229386insight into hospitality careers and give a behind-the-scenes look at food and beverage service at the ballpark. In addition to a tour of Delaware North’s operations at Turner Field, Chef Rory Bancroft (pictured at right) gave a cooking demonstration in the kitchen of the 755 Club.
The visit also featured a panel discussion for the students, with a Delaware North panel comprised of Mattox, Operations Manager George Raub, Food and Beverage Manager Marcus Collier and Human Resources Manager Mandy Maldonado. During the 45-minute panel discussion, each panelist had a chance to explain their career path to the positions they hold today and answer questions from the students.
Students left the program with insightful tools and advice to help them decide if they want to pursue a career as a professional in the sports hospitality industry. Beyond career advice, students were also treated to a Braves game during the team’s home stand.