August 09, 2013
Newburgh, NY -
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.”
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
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
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
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
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