Have you ever though to yourself, "Ya know, I want to work in an extreme jobs / sports jobs setting." But you don't really care for all the traditional sports, such as baseball, soccer, football, and basketball.
It's understandable to sometimes entertain that thought process. But did you know you can still be a part of the sports jobs world? There are plenty of growing opportunities in the sports jobs realm, especially in that of the extreme jobs category. Surf jobs, skate jobs, snowboarding jobs ! Even jobs in Ultimate Fighting / Mixed Martial Arts are on the rise in the extreme jobs industry, and can still be considered one of many sports jobs.
No more do you have to settle for sports jobs that just offer you 9 innings or four quarters. How about extreme jobs that appeal to your passion to work in the sports jobs industry? How about working on the slopes or around the octagon? How about staying in step with the most adrenaline fueled athletes in the world? These extreme jobs are available for you to enter. From interns to the Presidents of these leagues, there are great stories of success.
How can we go any further without bringing up Tony Hawk?
In his autobiography, Hawk described himself as frustrated, unfocused, and prone to flying off into rages. He was nine years old when his brother changed his life by giving him a blue fiberglass banana board. His father built a skating ramp in the backyard, in hopes that skateboarding would be an outlet for young Tony's energy.
At the young age of 12, he landed his first contest win and turned pro by the age of 14. He graduated from Torrey Pines High School in the North County Coastal area of San Diego, California. As a senior at the age of 17 he was able to purchase his first house due to his success as a skateboarder.
In 1994, after the skateboarding industry took a downturn and vertical skateboarding's popularity waned in the rise of street skating, Hawk started Birdhouse Projects along with ex-Powell Peralta pro Per Welinder, which is now known as Birdhouse Skateboards. Hawk also owns his own film and TV production company, 900 Films , and along with his family he started Hawk Clothing, including an apparel and footwear line sold exclusively at Kohl's. In addition, Tony Hawk licenses a watch brand manufactured by Armitron Watch Company that is also sold exclusively at Kohl's. Tony's Boom Boom HuckJam tour is the most successful action sports tour featuring skateboarding, BMX, and Freestyle Motocross. The tour went to arenas across the USA in 2003, 2004, and 2005 and toured Six Flags parks across the country in the summers of 2006 and 2007.
Hawk also teamed with Activision to release a popular skateboarding video game series, beginning with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater/Tony Hawk's Skateboarding in 1999. Ten games with the Tony Hawk license have so far been released, with Tony Hawk's Proving Ground, in October 2007, being the latest.
In 2000, he wrote an autobiography with Sean Mortimer that was entitled HAWK: Occupation: Skateboarder, which made it to number 18 on to the New York Times bestseller list. He later wrote a second book, a road journal called Between Boardslides and Burnout. In March 2007, Six Flags Fiesta Texas unveiled their latest roller coaster creation, Tony Hawk's Big Spin, a skatepark themed coaster that spins while riding around the track.
In 2002, Tony created the Tony Hawk Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist low-income communities in the creation of well-designed skateboard parks. In four years, the Foundation gave away over a million dollars in grants and assistance. In April 2007, along with eleven other philanthropic athletes (Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Lance Armstrong, Warrick Dunn, Jeff Gordon, Mia Hamm, Andrea Jaeger, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mario Lemieux, Alonzo Mourning, and Cal Ripken, Jr.), Hawk is a founding member of Athletes for Hope, a public charity that was launched publicly on ABC's Good Morning America and ESPN. Athletes for Hope connects athletes, individuals, and businesses with charitable and community causes.
In 2007, Tony and his production company, 900 films, partnered with the Or Die Networks (creators of Funny or Die) to create his own action sports video sharing site, ShredOrDie.com. The site, which launched on October 23, 2007 is a place where top action sports athletes, filmmakers and everyday users can post action sports clips.
Now if that is the greatest example of extreme jobs I don't know what is. With everyday that passes these extreme athletes are pushing the limits to the next big thing. The market is always open to wanting to be a part of it. From Physical therapists to interns at the Mountain Dew tent at the XGames, there are tons of sports jobs available within the extreme jobs industry.
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