Cozart clocks-in as ESPN employee
by Brooke Borba | Patterson Irrigator
Aug 22, 2013 | 3214 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Leanne Evalee Cozart, 23, has recently been appointed as a production assistant at ESPN: the worldwide leader of sports, in their iTV and Production Enhacement Department as of July 15.

Cozart—daughter of Steve and Theresa Kleckner, of Patterson—is a Hayward born and Patterson-raised resident who first became interested in sports during her youth.

“I grew up playing softball and cheerleading, as well as riding quads, camping and being outdoors,” Cozart said of her earlier endeavors. “I knew this was what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.”

Cozart was first presented the job one month after graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in Mass Communications and Media Production from Cal State East Bay. Cozart’s background includes interning for the Oakland Raiders public relations and player engagement departments in 2011 and 2012, as well as the Arena Football League as a digital correspondent for two seasons covering the San Jose Saber cats.

“Sports media doesn’t seem like work because I have so much fun doing it, which is what I’ve always wanted out of life: to be passionate about what I’m doing.”

Cozart said many of her previous accomplishments in Patterson helped determine her fate, including being captain of several cheer squads, earning coaches awards.

“…that, to me, showed that I had a good work ethic that could carry me wherever I wanted to go in life,” she added.

Cozart has been to four different colleges within the last five years, but has successfully placed herself on the Dean’s List college to college.

“I had no idea this was the path I’d go when I first started college back at MJC,” Cozart said. “I changed my major from nursing to education and then finally to communications. I’m most excited about what the future holds. I believe that hard work brings great things and I’m willing to continue putting in the work until I reach my dreams.”

“Right now I would love to become a Producer for 30 for 30 but who knows what other doors will open as I start this journey with the worldwide leader in sports. I don't really have any fears at this point because that's what holds people back. I have some larger than life dreams and I'm confident that I can attain them. I know that I never want to become complacent because that's when you stop trying to better yourself. I love to learn and challenge myself every single day because it makes me a stronger person. My source of inspiration is my future. During the process of attending MJC, DVC, Lindenwood, I just keep my dreams in the forefront of my mind. I want to travel the world and be able to provide for my family and give them every opportunity they could ever want. My family also gives me the drive to do whatever it is I want to do as well as get what I want out of life.”

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