Uplifting Athletes welcomes Jake Macauley to team as Creative Content and Digital Strategy Manager
Uplifting Athletes is pleased to welcome Jake Macauley to our team as our Manager, Creative Content and Digital Strategy to help us better fulfill our mission to inspire the Rare Disease Community with hope.
“We are fortunate to have Jake joining the Uplifting Athletes team,” Uplifting Athletes Executive Director Rob Long said. “He is bringing a unique and important skill set to the organization that I believe will immediately impact the quality of our creative digital content.”
GET TO KNOW JAKE
Roles and responsibilities: Managing social media platforms and creating unique content to tell stories that furthers the mission of Uplifting Athletes.
Education: Jake graduated from the University of Colorado in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and news editorial. While completing his degree, Jake was an assistant film and operations coordinator for the Buffaloes’ men’s basketball team for three seasons.
Career Path: Jake started his professional career serving two years as the communications and new media manager for the Southern Texas PGA, then spent two years as assistant video coordinator in the University of California athletic department before becoming one of four video assistants for the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams starting in 2016. Prior to joining Uplifting Athletes earlier this year, Jake spent four years as the manager of football video operations at Texas State University.
Favorite Quote: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon.” - Charles M. Schulz
Q&A WITH JAKE
What has drawn you to nonprofit work?
After spending a few years working in football, I’ve started to realize that there’s more to life than just wins and losses and wanted to do something more meaningful. I want to feel like I’m actually making a difference and helping people that really need/deserve it.
Tell us about your family and where you grew up, and how that shaped the person you are today?
I grew up in Los Angeles. My parents split up when I was young, which taught me independence at an early age - but my family (the whole big extended group, as well) is awesome and a great support system.
Share some of your most meaningful professional accomplishments and success stories?
I take a lot of pride in my work and while it’s always nice to see people enjoying it and giving great feedback, I’m my toughest critic. A big one for me working in a creative field is the ability to see myself grow. I can go back to projects I worked on two years, two months or two weeks ago and see how my skill set has improved over that time and know that the time and effort being put in is really paying off.
Tell us something about yourself we won’t find on your resume?
My wife and I did a mini-baseball park tour for our honeymoon: Seven days, six games/stadiums, five cities - not relaxing at all, but entertaining.
What is a valuable lesson you have learned from your experiences that you carry with you?
Working in football or really just sports in general is extremely competitive, but what it’s taught me is to keep progressing, keep learning, keep improving and continue working hard because there is always someone coming to take your spot. It’s a tough lesson, but one that keeps me on my game.
What piqued your interest about joining the team at Uplifting Athletes?
The biggest thing was the relationship between sports and the Rare Disease Community. It seemed like a great fit, combining my experience in sports and my aspiration to help people in a meaningful way.
HOT SEAT QUESTIONS
Favorite Sports Team (any sport)?
Los Angeles Dodgers
Read the book or see the movie?
Go-To fast food stop?
Sonic. Tough to beat an Ocean Water or Cherry Limeade on a hot afternoon
Anywhere in the world, where are you going?
Favorite concert you attended?