Jason Benetti (’11) keeps his eye on the ball
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Office of Communications and Public Relations
May 12, 2011
Jason Benetti (’11) sat in on a law class at Wake Forest University three years ago, just to see what it was like, to take a seat reserved for future lawyers.
He settled in and listened to the professor. He was intrigued. The chair, he found, was quite comfortable.
He’ll graduate from the Wake Forest University School of Law on May 16.
“The foundational knowledge that a person gets from a legal education, to me, is invaluable,” he says.
Sure, Benetti will become a lawyer, and probably a darn good one. If he chooses that path.
Those who know the Illinois native expect nothing less. He has already “made it,” so to speak.
An accomplished broadcaster, Benetti is the play-by-play voice and communications director for the Syracuse Chiefs of minor league baseball’s International League and the voice of the High Point University men’s basketball team.
The likes of Sean McDonough, Don Criqui and Bob Costas have lauded Benetti’s work, according to Viv Bernstein of AOL News.
There’s a good chance Benetti will one day broadcast for a team in the majors, “The Show.” If, of course, he chooses that path. Those who know him are well aware Benetti will surpass any goal on which he sets his mind.
As a toddler, Benetti was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, caused by abnormalities in parts of the brain that control muscle movements, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Benetti, a Syracuse University graduate, lived in the Triad because of his work with High Point, so he knew about Wake Forest.
“I wanted to supplement my announcing with a legal education, and Wake Forest worked out perfectly in that regard.”
He continued his work as a broadcaster while pursuing his law degree, which is no easy feat. Simply put, the faculty at the Wake Forest School of Law care about their students. It’s one of the things that makes Wake Forest special.
As a student, Benetti appreciated the supportive, nurturing atmosphere.
“If I tried to do the radio and TV work I did while in school at 1,000 other places, it would not have happened like it did at Wake Forest,” he says via e-mail while in Norfolk, Va., with the Chiefs.
“The professors and staff were so unbelievably supportive. I truly was fortunate to have met such special people who were so interested in helping me move forward in my career.”
That interest doesn’t wane. While working a game with the Durham Bulls last season, law professors Wilson Parker and Ralph Peeples stopped by for a visit.
“I knew that they were interested in me as a person and interested in what I did, but the fact that they would drive out to see a baseball game I was calling meant so much to me. I consider them friends … and I’m proud to do so.”
Benetti plans to finish the season with the Chiefs, saying he hopes to find a place where he can teach and also do baseball play-by-play.
“I am hoping to teach law, broadcasting, or both,” he said. “I have informally taught broadcasting techniques, which have been handed down to me for a few years, and really enjoy watching personalities flourish on air.”
But, he says, who really knows? Truth be told, Benetti has been troubled by doubt, at least once. His initiation into law school comes to mind.
“I remember my first day … how nervous I was. I was so used to being somewhat in control of situations on the air. This was all new. But, after a while, it became normal … just like anything.”
Normal? Benetti is anything but. Those who know him are well aware Benetti will surpass any goal on which he sets his mind.