We had the good fortune of connecting with Jael Rucker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jael, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I always loved sports. I grew up playing and always knew I wanted to stay close to the game. I stopped playing sports in high school, and transitioned to writing for the sports section in the school newspaper. I was the “sports anchor” for our morning announcements. I loved telling the stories of sports even back then, and I still got the incredible feeling of “being out there.”
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a Sideline Reporter for Georgia State , and I truly love being a small part of the Panther Family. I literally jump out of bed on Game Days, and I have been blessed to witness an incredible group of athletes do their thing. It hasn’t always been easy, my first season was a learning curve, and my first couple of games were awful in terms of my delivery. This year (which was my third) has been such a turning point for me, and I am the most comfortable I’ve ever been. I still make mistakes, and I’m always looking to grow. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to always stay true to yourself, and what you believe in. As long as you do that everything will fall into place.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
ATL is magical. There’s nothing quite like Atlanta. I would take them to different restaurants like Atlanta Breakfast Club, and Suite Food Lounge during their time here. We could walk around the city, and then head out to Atlantic Station (which is one of my favorite places). Atlantic Station has just about everything, and it’s really pretty (especially at night). We would definitely have to go to Buckhead too. I’m into art, so High Museum of Art would definitely have to be on the list as well.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I definitely have to shoutout my dad who unfortunately passed in August. My dad was my first coach, and always supported me. He would record all my game hits and he actually gave me the idea to start doing my own podcast. The night before he passed we were working on a podcast episode that I had done, and he helped me edit it. I still have the audio of him helping me that night, and I listen to it occasionally for motivation. So I definitely have to shout him out.
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