Whilst I was studying in college I was working in a hotel as a bellboy to make some extra cash. This was a hotel which was regularly frequented by any sports team that came to town and as such I was lucky enough to meet many of my sporting heroes. The first person that I met was the great Jack Elway and I must confess, I acted like one of those young girls who used to go crazy for the Beatles. Naturally as time went on I learned to handle myself around my sporting heroes so I wanted to share with you how you should probably act if you are lucky enough to meet your favorite sports stars or celebs.
What Do You Want?
Before you go up to the person have a think about what it is that you want, do you want to talk to them? Ask for a selfie? Ask for an autograph? The reason for this is that when you actually get there and start talking to them, it can be easy to lose your train of thought and then before you know it you’ve missed your opportunity.
Nobody is saying that you should blow smoke up their butt however a compliment or two could go a long way in making this experience a little easier on you. I’ve actually seen many people go up to baseball and football stars and start ribbing them for mistakes they made in the last game or how they aren’t good enough to play, almost in a weird jokey way. As you can imagine offering insults will not get you very far.
Don’t forget that these men and women are human just like you and whether they can play football better than anyone or have the voice like an angel, they still bleed red like the rest of us. One day my grandma came with me to the hotel so I could collect some stuff and when I came back to the lobby here she is asking Tyson Chandler for some help with her bags, she had no idea who he was which is why she treated him the same as she would anyone else. Although you know who the person is, you should treat them like my grandma did, with the same courtesy and respect as you would treat anyone else.
Picking the Moment
Read the situation before you meet your hero, if they are dining with their family then don’t interrupt them. Picking the moment is so important because in many cases if you don’t, you can expect to be rejected and potentially receive an insult or two. Be respectful to the person’s time and space, remember that they are often hounded by photographers and fans so they need their own personal time. Don’t rush in, read the room and then decide whether or not now is a good time to go and meet them.