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LHU students gain professional experience on a ‘classic’ night for Major League Baseball and the Little League World Series

PHOTO PROVIDED Shown are Lock Haven University Sport Studies students who participated in helping with the MLB Little League Classic. From left are students Dallas Kurtz, Tony Talarigo, Taran Patterson, Mark Holton, Dakotah Miller, Hailey Farr, Camden Shawver, Ethan Walker and Sport Studies Department chair, Peter Campbell.

LOCK HAVEN — On Aug. 22, eight Lock Haven University Sport Management students worked at the Major League Baseball Little League Classic at Muncy Bank Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport.

Mark Holton, LHU student from Tunkhannock, was thankful he was able to work such a great event. “The MLB Little League Classic game was a one-of-a-kind opportunity that was special to everyone that was a part of the event,” he said. “I was part of ‘Team Care,’ which meant I took care of team Ohio and I was able to show them to their seats, refill their drinks throughout the game and following the game I showed them to their buses and wished them good luck.”

Hailey Farr, of Tunkhannock, is the Sport Management Club president at LHU, which is part of the reason why she and her fellow classmates were able to work the Classic. “Having the opportunity to work the MLB Little League Classic was something special and an honor. My role was ‘promotional team and directional staff.’ I was assigned to an entrance gate to pass out giveaway items and to help fans navigate throughout the stadium. My favorite part of this whole experience was seeing the LLWS teams get off of their buses and see their faces of amazement and excitement as they entered into the stadium to see some of their baseball role models,” she said.

In addition to Holton and Farr, LHU students who participated in the MLB LLC were Anthony Talarigo, of Bellefonte; Dakotah Miller, of Lock Haven; Ethan Walker, of Hillsgrove; Camden Shawver, of Lewistown; Dallas Kurtz, of Lock Haven; and Taran Patterson, of York.

MLB created the Little League Classic in 2017 to support the Little League World Series. The annual event is part of MLB’s outreach to young players and fans. Each year, the teams that make it to the LLWS attend the game and make a special connection with the big-league stars.

For more information on the Sport Management program at LHU, visit lockhaven.edu/sportadmin or contact Peter Campbell, Sport Studies Department chair, at pcampbel@lockhaven.edu.

For more information about Lock Haven University, visit www.lockhaven.edu, email admissions@lockhaven.edu, or call 570-484-2011.

Lock Haven University (LHU) is a small, public university located on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the scenic mountains of Pennsylvania. LHU’s experience-based approach to learning prepares students for a lifetime of success. The university features outstanding academic programs taught by experienced faculty. Since 1870, The Haven has provided an unbeatable combination of quality, affordability and value to the region, the Commonwealth and beyond.

LHU is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth.

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