Introducing Adam Obringer: Welcome to the Team

Who are you?

My name is Adam Obringer and I received my bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock University in Sport Management in 2014. I recently graduated from DePaul in June with a master’s degree in New Media Studies. I joined the Side-Out team after spending time at DePaul University, the ASUN Conference and Xavier University in athletics communications over the last three and a half years.

Where are you from?

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but I spent time in Cincinnati, OH, Macon, GA, and Chicago, IL over the last three and a half years.

Tell us about your experience with volleyball before you came here.

I covered volleyball at DePaul for two years as its sports information director and have spent over five years working volleyball events doing radio broadcast play-by-play and producing live statistics.

What is your role at Side-Out?

My main areas of work will be handling content with all of our social media accounts and writing for the Side-Out blog.

Before working at The Side-Out Foundation, what was the most unusual or interesting job you had?

I was a butcher at a local grocery store in my hometown throughout high school and college.

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for?

I can quote ridiculous comedy movies by heart. My favorite movies are by Adam Sandler or Will Ferrell.

What is your hidden talent?

I play old video games and try to complete them in record times, known as speedrunning.

What three events made the biggest impact on who you are today?
  • Being told I had 24 hours to live on two separate occasions because of issues with blood clots.
  • Marrying my wife Ellie back in November after meeting each other in high school nine years ago.
  • Moving to Chicago to pursue my graduate degree at DePaul University.


If you were forced to relive one 10-minute block of your life again and again for all eternity, what 10 minutes of your life would you choose?

During my wedding reception last year, there was a block of time where everyone was introduced and had to come out to a song and dance. It was a blast to do with everyone, including the parents, and right afterward was our first dance.