Abner Aceves

Sporting life is a rewarding life

When JCCC media/journalism student Abner Aceves landed an internship with Kansas City’s soccer team, he hoped he would get the opportunity to meet some star athletes.

“I was doing ECAV Radio at the time and I overheard someone talking about internships,” he said. “I really wanted to get into radio so I applied for a radio internship, but I went and got the internship at Sporting KC instead – best decision ever.”

Aceves soon found himself covering none other than Hope Solo, the star goalie for the U.S. women’s soccer team.

“Here at the team our head videographer Jake Yadrich edits, directs and handles most of the video responsibilities and I help him out with a lot, I guess I'm his assistant of sorts, he said. “That day he was busy editing our weekly TV show so I went out to training to get soundbites from the U.S. women's team. Another former intern, now public relations specialist, Alice Schroeder, had mentioned that C.J. Sapong, our rookie forward, was working on a poem/rap for Hope. When I got there she told me that C.J. was super nervous and didn't want to do it so we both went ahead and tried to convince him to do it. He finally did it, and here was the result!

The clip has since gone viral, receiving hundreds of thousands of hits.

“We had coverage on CNN, ESPN, Deadspin, local news, the Huffington Post, and other news outlets,” Aceves said.

Sporting KC (and its previous incarnation, the Kansas City Wizards) has been offering internships to JCCC students since the team’s creation in 1996, according to Chris Wyche, executive vice president of operations.

“The broadcast and video internships started in 2010, when the team made the decision to move responsibility for the television network in-house,” he said. “We needed students who could shoot, edit and provide creative. With the opening of Livestrong Park in 2011, we added video control room and video boards to the mix. This year we have had about 10 interns.”

While the Hope Solo event was huge, Aceves said there have been many highlights.

“I don't even know where to begin – I think working the games has always been my favorite part,” Aceves said. “The opening of the stadium on June 9 is a night none of us will ever forget. All the hard work the owners did and the whole team did leading up to it was worth it.”

“Abner has been great because he came in and jumped in with both feet and showed that he was not afraid to try,” Wyche said.