Out of the Park: Gannon University Students Learn and Network at Baseball’s All-Star Game
Posted: August 30, 2017
To represent your team at baseball's All-Star game takes years
of hard work and more than a little luck. Or you could sign up for
the "Gannon's Green Team" that makes an annual visit to the
Midsummer Classic led by Eric Brownlee, Gannon University associate
professor of sport management and marketing.
As he has done for the past three years, Brownlee traveled to
the Major League Baseball All-Star game in Miami last month
accompanied by Gannon University students Geremy Paige and Norella
Roche, and five students from Kangwon National University in South
The group was part of a new sustainability initiative
coordinated by MLB.
The students helped with recycling and educating fans about
sustainability and sports. That's a combination that was as rare as
a perfect game just a few years ago.
"Recycling is not done as often at major sports events as people
might think," Brownlee says. "At many stadiums and arenas, trash
goes into one big trash room; nobody even thinks of recycling.
Having a green team helps. It's really simple. We have bags that
make sure that stuff is clean and sorted."
In addition to seeing game action with the green team, the
students learned about sustainability initiatives at the University
of Miami, and from the sustainability coordinator of MLB.
They also helped to landscape and build benches for a new
ballpark in a low-income neighborhood of Miami as part of MLB's
Revitalizing Baseball in the Inner City initiative and worked the
registration table at the Electric Run 5k. The Gannon students were
also able to attend a speakers panel that included high- level MLB
And, of course, all got to witness the week's events: the
celebrity softball game, Futures game and the Midsummer Classic
itself. Beyond this, the students got what every ballplayer knows
to be essential: an opportunity.
"The connections they made, the people they met and the
experiences they draw from are assets that they can always call on.
When they are looking for a job or another internship, they have a
connection that they can use," Brownlee said. "If you want to work
in baseball, it's a great start.