First Sports Job is dedicated to helping recent graduates and career transitioners take the first step to landing their dream job in sports by providing curated and customized content, courses and coaching services. Our access to both seasoned industry veterans and newcomers to sports management provides unique insight to our anyone interested in a career in sports.

Dawn L. Ridley is the founder and President of First Sports, a company dedicated to helping individuals secure their first position in the sports industry. She has served as the Senior Vice President for NFL PLAYERS, the marketing and licensing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association, Vice President, Business Development for D.C. United, and has held positions with the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) and the Atlanta Braves. Ridley is also on the faculty at Georgetown University and American University and has served as an instructor at Johns Hopkins University and at George Washington University.  Her expertise in Sports Management, Marketing, Branding, Business Development, Strategy and Innovation has made her a sought-after speaker at numerous organizations and universities, including Harvard University, the National Alliance of Youth Sports, the Virginia Association of Marketing Educators and several others.