It’s just after 3 p.m. on a sun-splashed May afternoon and Kamber Anderson is sitting in a seat at Blue Wahoos Stadium talking about working in a sports setting.
It’s a dream come true for the former Navarre softball standout. She is involved in the catering side of the stadium operation and spends most of her time on the Winn-Dixie Party Deck.
“This environment…from playing softball for 12 or 13 years, to getting to work in this environment makes you feel good,” Anderson said. “It feels like home and is so much fun. I love it.”
Anderson is in her first year working for the Blue Wahoos, the Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. Players are on the field hitting during batting practice as Anderson tells her story of how she landed a job with the team.
“My friend told me about it and I thought it sounded fun,’” Anderson said. “I get to work with my friend Sarah and that makes it even more awesome. And when we get breaks, we will watch the game.”
Anderson loves the sport, almost as much as she loves softball, and there are days where she wishes she could still play.
She was supposed to play for Pensacola State but a back injury sidelined her last season. A wrist injury was the final blow to a promising college career.
“I had a cyst and normally it’s easy to take out and you are back to normal pretty quickly,” Anderson said. “But mine was not. It was more difficult to get it out. They had to take out a lot of my wrist to get everything. The recovery is still a little painful.”
She calls the wrist situation “bad luck” and admits it’s not easy being a spectator.
“It’s really hard,” Anderson said. “Sometimes teammates will be like ‘I don’t want to practice today’ but I do. I really wish I could. It’s the reason I got a job like this because it’s hard to be around the team all of the time and keep your head up. It gets emotional sometimes.”
Pensacola State is honoring her scholarship for the upcoming season, which Anderson appreciates a great deal, and while she can’t play, she is thankful she gets to be around the team.
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