We've found the best job in the world -- and it includes pizza and college sports
We just found the ultimate dream job.
Pizza Hut -- the Official Pizza Partner of the NCAA -- was looking for the most passionate college sports fan to become the first-ever Pizza Hut All-American. This paid position will take one college sports fans across the country to attend NCAA championships throughout the 2016-17 athletics season, giving an inside look into what makes these championships special for the participating athletes and their fans.
To help the search, Pizza Hut has enlisted the help of Shane Battier, a former star professional basketball player and member of the 2001 Duke University NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship-winning team.
"The Pizza Hut All-American opportunity is an incredibly exciting opportunity," said Battier. "To have a chance to be part of all of these championships is pretty special. I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of candidates are out there."
And now, they have found a winner.
Jason Zone Fisher, a sports-loving director, writer and producer from Los Angeles, was chosen because of his truly authentic and charismatic love for college athletics (and of course pizza). He'll begin his NCAA championship quest this weekend by attending the Cross Country (Terre Haute, Ind.) and Field Hockey (Norfolk, Va.) championships. Jason will earn $50K and receive all-access to NCAA D1 championships throughout the year, documenting his journey and experiences on social media.
We had a chance to catch up with Jason.
What drew you to the Pizza Hut All-American position and made you interested in applying?
I'm a die-hard college sports fan and love traveling, so when I saw that Pizza Hut was looking for someone to help them celebrate NCAA fandom at championships across the country, I knew that I was the perfect guy for the job. Sports and story-telling are the two biggest passions in my life, so the opportunity to tell fun, exciting, compelling stories that revolve around sports and great food -- there's really nothing better. This is honestly my dream job.
Why do you think you were chosen for the Pizza Hut All-American? What do you think set you apart from the other applicants?
Simple enough: I live and breathe college sports, and love pizza. Honestly, some of my favorite things to do include eating great pizza, connecting with people and watching sports, which is what this job is all about. I've already got some awesome ideas cooking for the championships I'll be heading to. Just wait.
What kind of background do you have that will help you as you travel to these championships and share Pizza Hut experiences with fans?
Sports and Pizza Hut have both been a huge part of my life. While in college at Syracuse, my Orangemen won the men's basketball national championship, which was one of the coolest and most memorable sports experiences I've ever been a part of. After being a part of that moment, I knew that I wanted to work in sports in a way that celebrates the fandom and excitement associated with it. Oh, and pizza is kind of my thing, too. My sister and I grew up on Pizza Hut pizza and now I get to bring it fans at NCAA championships across the country. So cool!
The Pizza Hut All-American sounds like quite the experience. What are some things that you're most looking forward to doing and/or experiencing while at these championships?
While I'm looking forward to going to the high-profile championships like the Final Four and Frozen Four, I really can't wait to check out the Volleyball, Bowling, Skiing and Fencing championships. I've got a feeling that the smaller sports are going to be so exciting and I can't wait to experience them in person. Never in a million years would I have imagined that I would have the chance to check out all of these NCAA championships – and get paid to do it.