Rising Sophomore, PCB Secretary and secondbaseman Rawlin Rosario was recently invited to attend Major League Baseball’s Diversity Summit. Penn Club Baseball is always proud when one of our own receives an honor like this. We asked Rawlin to write a brief summary of his time at the Summit, here’s what he had to say:
On Tuesday July 24th, 2012, I attended Major League Baseball’s first ever Diversity Summit in Chicago, Illinois. I was chosen as one of four students from Penn to attend the conference on a full scholarship from Major League Baseball (MLB).
This summit was created with the hope of broadening the backgrounds of people who work within baseball. The Summit consisted of many different activities.
I was able to meet with the representatives from all 30 MLB teams. Job seekers, like myself, were able to submit their resumes and interview on the spot for internships and jobs.
In addition, the summit provided more insight on the departments within the industry of baseball itself. For example, the Summit included business briefings designed to bring beginners up to speed in the different ways the game could impact their lives. I had to opportunity to choose to sit in on a briefing in any of the following categories: baseball operations, licensing, international and community.
Furthermore, the MLB brought five of the league’s owners and presidents to speak on a panel. Later in the day, Bud Selig, the commissioner of the MLB, gave a speech about the importance of diversity in baseball. The day concluded with a great game at US Cellular Field, home of the White Sox.
I want to thank Major League Baseball, Wendy Lewis, and Barbette Lherisson for giving me this amazing opportunity. I met some interesting people from all over the country, made many connections, and learned a lot about the business of baseball.