AMHERST, April 27, 2020 – The Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management today announced the launch of a summer internship award program in partnership with the Hartford Yard Goats professional baseball team. The program, funded through a five-year gift from UMass alumnus Joe McEacharn (MS ’95) and is wife Mary, is designed to provide financial support for students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.
McEacharn is entering his 18th season as president of the Eastern League of Professional Baseball.
The McEacharn Summer Internship Award Program will provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to intern with the Hartford Yard Goats, the Class AA affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, throughout the summer.
“We greatly appreciate the McEacharns’ support of our ongoing efforts to expose a more diverse group of students to summer internship opportunities, as well as to work in baseball,” said Professor Steve McKelvey, associate department chair for external engagement. “This program, in partnership with the Yard Goats, will provide opportunities for students who may otherwise not have the financial means to be able to do a summer internship.”
The Yard Goats internship will allow students to be fully immersed in a variety of roles including marketing and promotions, corporate and group sales, box office and ticket operations, customer and guest service, community partnerships, and merchandising, to name a few.
“The end goal is to bring the best talent into our industry, and to make our business more effective in accomplishing our goal of strengthening and advancing our communities,” said McEacharn. “Recruiting and retaining diverse employees represents who we are and who we serve. We are confident this program will continue to grow and offer career opportunities to students whom previously may not have been available.”
“We are honored that Eastern League President Joe McEacharn selected the Hartford Yard Goats as the sports organization to partner with for his internship award program,” added Yard Goats President Tim Restall. “The UMass sport management department is world renowned, and we look forward to having their students join us this season thanks to the generosity of the McEacharns."
For 2020, the funding has been enhanced through a $5,000 diversity grant provided by Minor League Baseball.
About the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management
The #1 globally ranked Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the few sport management programs housed within a business school: the Isenberg School of Management. U.S. News & World Report ranks Isenberg as a top public undergraduate business school in New England, and Isenberg’s online MBA is ranked #3 in the world by the Financial Times (2019). The Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management is one of the oldest such programs in the world, and the program’s network includes more than 5,000 sport industry alumni, featuring leaders and innovators within every segment of the commercial sports industry. The department has one of the top undergraduate programs in the country, and its graduate program—consisting of master’s (MS) level as well as dual-degree (MBA/MS) concentrations—is currently ranked #1 in the world by industry standard SportBusiness.
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