Thursday, April 18, 2013

On the Beat with Shanon Lersch of the Chicago Rush

It's hard to miss Shanon Lersch at a Chicago Rush game.  In her role as In-Game Host for the Rush, she is all over the place and she is very engaging.
Prior to the Rush's big win over the Pittsburgh Power last Sunday, I met Shanon for the first time and I also interviewed her.  She is as fun in person as she is on the field.
Shanon was Miss Illinois USA 2008 and was also a member of the LuvaBulls.  This is her second season with the Rush and she is enjoying it as much as the fans enjoy her work.
Speaking of her work, she is always busy on game day.  She goes from calling a race between fans in giant hamster balls to quizzing fans in the stands for prizes back to the field for a tricycle race and on and on, but you get the idea.  The woman is busy!
After meeting and talking to Shanon, I came away impressed for many reasons, but two in particular struck me.  She obviously has a tn of energy and passion, but it is not just an act on the field.  I stood near her in the back of the end zone for part of the game and watched her in action.  She doesn't just "turn it on" when she goes on the field.  She is smiling and active off field, too.  Whether she is talking to other staffers, preparing for the next segment or just waiting for a break in the game action, Shanon looks like she is enjoying every minute.
The other thing about Shanon is that she wanted the total focus of the interview top be on the Rush.  While she has an impressive resume, she declined the option of promoting anything other than the Rush.  I have no problem with self-promotion from an interview subject, but I simply found it refreshing and genuine of Shanon to keep the spotlight firmly on the Rush.
Shanon is a talented young woman with a bright future.  She is another part of the fun at Rush games.  I think she is having as much fun as we are.  I kept the interview focused on the Rush, but I hope this piece gave a little glimpse into Shanon.
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