Want to know more about our wonderful staff? Read on for a Q & A with referee Sarah!
Name: Sarah Abramovitz
Where are you from? New York City
What is your role with SF Social? Bar host and kickball Referee
Q: Can you tell me a little about how you were spending your free time in San Francisco prior to joining SF Social?
Sarah: I was previously working for the Giants and Raiders so there wasn’t much free time. But being new to San Francisco, I enjoyed exploring the city, and visiting Napa whenever I could. Being from the east coast I took advantage of all the nice weather that I could!
Q: When did you first hear about SF Social and when did you start?
Sarah: I played in the NYC social league for about three years consistently season to season. Prior to moving out west, I knew of the league and first joined as a player in October 2017. I then started working for the league in July 2018.
Q: What drew you to start working for SF Social? How has SF Social changed since?
Sarah: As I was new to the city, I didn’t know many people when I moved here. I recalled the connections that I was able to make with both the hosts and players back at NYC social, so I figured that it would be worth a shot to try working for SF social. For me, SF social has changed from being not only just a job, but more of an excuse to go hang out with my friends every week!
Q: What do you love most about working for SF Social?
Sarah: It gives me something to look forward to every week! I love that I can be loud, goofy, and a sports fan. I love seeing when free agents create a connection with members of their team, and continue the friendship. It is always a joy to see teams mingling with other teams and branching out as well!
Q: Do you have a favorite moment or memory from your time as an SF Social host so far?
Sarah: There are so many to pick from! One league I was working, a Tuesday night league, we were hanging out at the bar for hours playing all different variations of drinking games. It wasn’t just one full team still at the bar but a few players from each team. The bar told us we had to go, but nobody wanted to stop, so we all went to a nearby pizza place and continued hanging out and getting to know each other.
Q: How has SF Social impacted your life and changed things for you?
Sarah: SF Social has given me a scheduled time of the week that I can have fun, let loose, and see my friends. It has introduced me to a new batch of friends, given me more confidence, and allows me to always feel proud walking around a bar with my fanny pack ☺
Q: What have you gained from working at SF Social?
Sarah: New Friends, confidence☺ and the title of Flip Cup Champion of San Francisco. Challengers always welcome!
Q: In three words, how would you describe yourself?
Sarah: Loud, energetic, encouraging.
Q: What advice do you have for future hosts?
Sarah: Don’t be afraid to be loud and yell. Your job is to make sure that all players are having a great time and meeting new people. Sometimes they just follow by example, don’t be afraid to walk up to a random group of players and join the conversation. If you see someone alone, go up to them and start a new game and try and get everyone involved. If you aren’t having fun, the players aren’t having fun. Lead by example.
Q: What, in your opinion, sets SF Social apart from other sports leagues in SF?
SF social prides itself on being a social league. When you sign up for a league you are signing up for more than the competition. People sign up for an SF Social league because of the social aspect. The time spent together at the bar allows players to connect and get to know each other. A lot of people join the league as a free agent, new to the city, looking for a fresh start.