Student hired with Reds foundation

Sophie McDonald
Sports Editor

 

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The Cincinnati Reds are about to get a Racer.

Senior Trey Jurgens will be working as a Community Outreach and Game Day Operations intern for the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund after he graduates in May.

Jurgens, a double major in youth and nonprofit leadership and recreation, will be in charge of programming and organization for the Reds Rookie Success League — an introductory baseball program for school-age boys and girls designed to build character and community in young Reds fans.

“I am really excited for this opportunity because I have been a Reds fan since I could walk,” the 22-year-old Fort Thomas, Ky., native said. “Last year the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund won the Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy, so not only am I working for my favorite team, I am working at one of the best sports philanthropy organizations in the world.”

Jurgens, who redshirted for the Racers football team in 2008, played high school football under the direction of coach Dave Mueller, who was influential in his career path.

“Each year our football team would hold a youth camp for school-age kids in the town but it wasn’t until many years later I looked back and saw the impact that we had on those kids,” Jurgens said. “After exploring the non-profit sector, I knew that I wanted to make an impact on Greater Cincinnati young people through the impact of sports heroes.”

Currently Jurgens, who credits his family for his success, works as an iRacer through an internship with the athletic department in sports marketing and promotions for students interested in pursuing a career in sports and is responsible for helping plan and run promotions during sporting events as well as running RacerVision at basketball games.

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