Mount student hits a homer with Renegades internship

August 09, 2013

Newburgh, NY -

Leanne O’Reilly

Leanne O’Reilly, Hudson Valley Renegades intern from the Mount, in the stands of Dutchess Stadium.

Leanne O’Reilly, a business marketing major at Mount Saint Mary College, spends a lot of time pitching at her internship with the Hudson Valley Renegades baseball team – and she’s helping local children’s organizations hit homeruns.

O’Reilly stepped up to the plate for the Renegades’ Pitch for Kids program, which supports groups “that make a positive change in youth, their families and the community.” Beneficiaries include the Child Abuse Prevention Center, The Phoenix House Poughkeepsie, D.A.R.E., St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dutchess & Orange County.

While the boys of summer swing away at Dutchess Stadium, O’Reilly is in charge of running the Pitch for Kids booth, which reaches out to the community, disseminates information about the program, and hosts carnival-like games for young baseball fans. O’Reilly handles cash, customer service, and personal interaction, while managing several other interns. She also lends her skills to special Renegades events, such as home run derbies.

As the fans packed the stands on a warm Friday evening, O’Reilly explained, “As a marketing major, I like being out here in the community. It’s been both exciting and challenging.”

The Mahopac, NY native surveyed the field with a smile.

“I used to come to Renegades games when I was a kid, so it feels natural being here.”

Leanne O’Reilly

Hudson Valley Renegades intern Leanne O’Reilly, from Mount Saint Mary College, helps Travis and Remi Rivard earn prizes at the Pitch for Kids booth in Dutchess Stadium.

O’Reilly began her internship with the Renegades this January, during the off season. Opening day in June marked her transition to the more community-oriented position.

The internship has given her valuable experience she can use in the future, O’Reilly said.

“I’ve learned a lot,” she revealed. “I’ve done things I’ve never thought I could do. It has helped me develop a lot of management skills.”

She admits she couldn’t have done it alone. O’Reilly named Colleen Kirk, assistant professor of marketing, as a major factor in her success.

“I took my first marketing class with her,” O’Reilly explained. “The way she taught made me fall in love with marketing. She’s such an amazing woman.”

Kirk was also the inspiration for O’Reilly becoming a member of Delta Mu Delta, the national honor society in business administration, as well as Alpha Chi, a general excellence honor society.

The roar of the crowd and the crack of the bat have long been music to O’Reilly’s ears, and she is aiming for a career in sports business management.

She’s in good company: Mount grad Tyler Tumminia ’00, with degrees in public relations and business administration, manages day-to-day responsibilities for five minor league teams, including the Renegades.

Education involves more than just class time, noted Andrew Weiss, chair of the Mount’s business division. It also includes experiential learning, such as O’Reilly’s internship.

At the Mount, business students develop critical thinking and communication skills to use in the fields of management, finance, economics, and marketing. The Mount’s sports management program features rigorous courses such as intro to sports management, and sports economy and finance.

Mount Saint Mary College’s business program is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. The college also has accreditation from the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association, the New York State Education Department, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the National Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.