Suffolk alum is newest addition to Patriots organization – The Suffolk Journal
After years of athletic experience and philanthropic work, University of Suffolk alumnus Hannah Arroyo has now found her calling and a brand new position with the New England Patriots.
The organization’s newest Community Relations Coordinator has dreamed and worked to break into the sports industry since she was young. While many people enter the sport to talk with athletes or to make a name for themselves, Arroyo always wanted to be involved in what was happening behind the scenes.
“Growing up, I really loved the sport, but more than that, I really enjoyed the stories behind the sport,” Arroyo said.
During his high school days, Arroyo read a book written by Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox discussing some of the obstacles he overcame in his career. Learning more about the athletes, their stories, as well as their involvement in the community is something that has always piqued Arroyo’s interest.
A 2020 graduate from Suffolk with a degree in broadcast journalism, Arroyo believed the field was a way for her to tell stories that went beyond statistics and game highlights.
In her experience, when covering sporting events or games, she has always been able to learn about the athletes themselves, how they got to where they are and how they persevered.
“That’s what got me into journalism,” Arroyo said. “I wanted to know more.”
When it came time to choose a college after high school graduation, there was one deciding factor that drove Arroyo to become a Ram. Suffolk’s own Studio 73 was an opportunity she couldn’t live without.
After touring and touring the studio itself, the general atmosphere and the ability to work on any project as a student is what ultimately brought her to Boston.
While she found that Suffolk offers plenty of resources and tools to help students prepare for this field, Arroyo also added how breaking into the industry isn’t as easy as people think.
“The road to sports is…long and really tough,” Arroyo said. “But for me there were a few things that helped and the first thing was working for the Red Sox while I was in school.”
Arroyo worked for team safety while in school and was able to connect with people in the front office and learn about the industry as a whole.
When May 2020 rolled around, Arroyo struggled to find a position in the industry due to COVID-19.
“There were no sports jobs available, so it was kind of hard to swallow and realize I wasn’t going into broadcasting,” Arroyo said. “But one thing I really wanted to do was stay involved in any way I could.”
For the past few summers, Arroyo has attended Fenway Sports Management University, a program that hosts sessions with different people in the sports industry, who explain what they do and how they got there.
She began to think back to her previous experiences in college as a resident assistant and as a tour guide, which made her realize how much she loved helping others and impacting those around her. . This new realization led her to become interested in community relations, foundation work and philanthropy.
“It’s something that’s a little bigger than yourself and it’s bigger than the sport,” Arroyo said. “It’s about giving back to the community and helping where you can.”
As a student from Suffolk, Arroyo also had the opportunity to intern with Channel 7, a local downtown Boston news station. This experience gave him insight into the day-to-day of the sports industry, including preparing for game days, being in the team locker room and global exposure.
In addition to work placements and student involvement, Arroyo attributes much of her experience and success to Suffolk in the City, a broadcast program offered by Studio 73. She was also a sports editor for the Suffolk Journal.
“Being able to go live on TV, create stories and work with people at NECN was a great experience and something that people still point out on my resume,” Arroyo said.
Getting into the sports industry can be tough, but entering the industry as a woman is a whole different ballgame. One of the reasons she decided to get into this industry was because she wanted to be a role model for other young women and show them that she could do it too.
“I want to show them that it’s possible to be a woman in sports,” Arroyo said. “I think it’s amazing to see that there are so many women in sport now in any role.”
Arroyo had great women who inspired her to enter the industry and kept her going. She experienced moments of discouragement, to the point of considering leaving the industry altogether.
However, her connections with other women in sport and their words of encouragement are what kept her on track.
“[They would tell me] you are young, don’t give up. Just keep applying because eventually you’ll land that first role that will help you get the next role,” Arroyo said.
After all his experience and everything that comes with trying to break into the sports industry, Arroyo advises Suffolk students to put themselves forward and not be afraid to talk to people.
She says there’s nothing wrong with doing things that seem embarrassing at the time, because they can actually help you in the long run.
“Always go your own way and really put yourself out there and don’t be afraid to learn,” Arroyo said. “Don’t be afraid to call someone to learn more, do some research, and make some connections.”
Taking on any job that comes your way is something Arroyo strongly believes in. No job is too big or too small.
His dedication and passion for the industry and the stories behind him recently landed him a communications position for the Patriots. In her new role, Arroyo works to manage and assist in the service and manage relationships between partner organizations and volunteers.
“Be curious, ask questions, and do what you can to stand out,” Arroyo said.
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