Alumni Spotlight: Major League Madness 4X Trip Member Brandon

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While we’re pretty used to having repeat trip members summer after summer, we’ve never seen someone with a passion for a program like Brandon. He’s traveled with us 4 times on our Major League Madness Baseball program and has shared with us what it was that just kept bringing him back. Check out our interview with this seasoned alumni on his most prized autograph, memorable moments and the time the group brought a Yankee tradition to Milwaukee!

1. Who’s the best player you ever got an autograph from on all of your 4 trips?

While watching the Washington Nationals take batting practice at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, I was lucky enough to obtain young phenom Stephen Strasburg’s autograph during his rookie season! He is now one of the best pitchers in baseball!

2. What’s your favorite stadium that you visited and why?

Definitely PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The backdrop of the ballpark, which includes the Allegheny River, the Pittsburgh skyline, and the Roberto Clemente Bridge, is breathtaking and picturesque. I also enjoyed visiting Wrigley Field because of its unique neighborhood setting.

3. Our Major League Madness Tour balances a ton of adventure activity highlights alongside baseball games. What was your favorite activity outside of the stadium and why?

Riding over 16 roller coasters at Cedar Point Amusement Park. I am a thrill-seeker; so enjoying a plethora of awesome and crazy rides such as the Top Thrill Dragster, one of the fastest in the nation, was tons of fun!

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4. Tell us about your best memory from these trips.

I have had enough memorable experiences to last a lifetime from these trips, but if I had to pick just one, it would be the time when we were watching the Milwaukee Brewers play the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on my first trip. Our group had amazing seats for the game, sitting in the first row of the right-field bleachers. With the game out of hand and the crowd thinned out, we set out to do our own version of the famous “Roll Call” that takes place at Yankee Stadium each game. We started out with the Pirates right fielder, who responded to our incessant chants of his name with a wave. We then went on to solicit a wave from each Pirate player on the field at the time. It was an unbelievable experience to recreate a famous tradition with all of my new friends!

5. Baseball is obviously a huge passion of yours. Are you planning on integrating it into your future career goals?

Combining my love of baseball and sports in general with a lifelong passion for business, not coincidentally, I have developed an interest in the field of sports business. In fact, my current dream job is to be the general manager of a professional baseball team, which combines the responsibility of running the business side of the team with the task of managing player personnel.

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6. Any other information you think fellow MLB enthusiasts would love to know about you and/or the program? 

If you love baseball, then without a doubt, the tour will be the best three weeks of your life! How can it get any better than watching baseball’s biggest stars at a bunch of new venues while making life-long friends who share the same passion as you and partaking in tons of other fun activities with them!

Ready for some serious MLB? Check out all the exciting trip details here:
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An Amazing Adventure! – U.S. Explorer

An update from the U.S. Explorer

Welcome back U.S. Explorer parents!

Our 3rd stop in Cleveland has come to an end, and as we embark on our next journey to Ann Arbor, Michigan we are all going to miss the KOA campsite! In Cleveland we experienced a mix of city and camping life.  Before arriving at the site, we stopped at the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame and spent a few hours seeing and learning about our music history. The trip members had six floors to choose from all filled with vintage memorabilia. It was amazing staring at all of the rock legends signatures engraved in glass!

We had our first pancake breakfast, and on the menu we were able to choose from plain, chocolate chip, and chocolate chip banana. Yum! Shout out to Carly and Britt for their awesome contribution to the pancake process. They made sure we had the perfect mix of the ingredients in each pancake! After breakfast and some chill time, we headed over to Cedar Point Amusement Park. The sun was shining and the sky was as blue as ever… it was time to conquer the rides. Everyone chose different paths that lead them to high-flying coasters, carnival games, and bumper cars! Callum mastered the ring toss and won himself an electric guitar!! Carly, Rachel, Shoshana and Megan decided to express their artistic side, and had their faces painted to look like butterflies and movie characters. After a fun day in the sun, we all looked forward to getting back to the site for some R&R. We all relaxed and gathered around the picnic tables listening to some soft rock and enjoying banana boats! For all those who do not know what banana boats are, they are bananas cut open and stuffed with chocolate and marshmallows wrapped in tin foil and cooked over the fire. The melted chocolate tasted incredible!

Next stop: Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan!

FEELIN’ FINE ON TRIP 9!

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