Springfield College, in conjunction with the Boston Red Sox Foundation, and Major League Baseball, hosted its second annual PLAY BALL Event for local youth on Friday, April 26, in the Springfield College Field House.
As part of the festivities, Springfield College sport management and recreation students, along with baseball and softball team members, served as clinicians to five Springfield schools including: Lincoln, White Street, Rebecca Johnson, Brookings and DeBerry, making up more than 250 kids attending this special event introducing youngsters to the sport of baseball and physical activity.
Sport Management and Recreation students in the SMRT 116 Event Management Class, led by professor Ariel Rodriguez, work with the Boston Red Sox Foundation and Major League Baseball staff to help organize and plan all aspects of the event.
"This is such a great experience for our sport management and recreation students in helping them learn from real-event experiences with their event planning," said Rodriguez. "This event also represents such a great collaboration with so many different departments on the campus. The coaches and student-athletes donate their time and help make this event so wonderful for the campus community."
Attendees received PLAY BALL t-shirts and colored wristbands.