For anyone who has ever dreamed of a career in sports - be it an athlete, coach or an administrator - making it to the pros is something that everyone aspires to.
At Football BC, we've had the privilege of watching many players come through our system and make their mark at the CFL level. Recent examples include former Team BC players Matthias Goossen (Winnipeg Blue Bombers) and Casey Chin (BC Lions).
On Friday, Football BC was pleased to learn that another member of our family would be making the jump to the pros not as a player but as a front-office staff member.
Michiko Araki, better known to many by her Twitter handle @hellochiko, will be joining the Communications Department of the BC Lions on Monday as the new Communications Assistant.
"I am extremely excited about taking what I have learned in the past year at Football BC and using these skills to make a positive contribution to the BC Lions," said Michiko. "I wouldn't have been able to get here without the experiences I've had at Football BC, so I am grateful to everyone I've had the chance to work with along the way.
"This is definitely a dream come true for me and I'm very excited about working with the Lions this upcoming season!"
Michiko first joined Football BC as a Communications Intern back in September before transitioning into an Associate with the department where her focus was on generating and writing new stories as well as being the primary on-air host for Football BC videos on YouTube.
Although she'll have a very busy schedule beginning with Lions training camp and all throughout the 2015 season working under the tutelage of BC Lions Director of Communications, Jamie Cartmell, as well as Digital Media Coordinator, Kadie Smith, don't expect @hellochiko to disappear from the amateur football scene.
"Michiko has been an invaluable part of our content team here at Football BC for the past year," said Football BC Communications Director Daniel Fung. "I hope we can work around her new schedule so we can continue to have her on many amateur football sidelines helping us continue to share all the great stories we have in amateur football in BC."