BAYCATers at Oakland A’s Youth Media Day

Youth Mix with Sports Media Pros

Summer is a great time for baseball, and hot dogs. But this usually means sitting in the stands, not getting behind the camera. Recently the Oakland Athletics and sponsor PG&E invited students from BAYCAT to participate in their Youth Media Day as part of the #AItForward program!

20038018906_7be50a6ec1_zThe experience was tailored to a small group for a more interactive flow. Three youth and 4 young adults had the opportunity to assist the A’s Media Team with all kinds of activities, including interviews with A’s players and managers (pre and post game), meeting with the team’s radio and TV broadcasters, beat writers and staff members.

The students and interns were treated to a Comcast TV truck tour, Pressbox tour, a visit to the Dugout and Field, an interview with A’s manager Bob Melvin, Q&A with MLB.com beat writer Jane Lee, Press Conference Room Q&A sessions with A’s VP of Communications, Ken Pries, and KPIX reporter Roberta Gonzalez.

“I’ve been going to A’s game since I was a kid and now I have the opportunity see the players behind20038007776_9ca790d737_z the cameras,” said LaTajh Weaver, a Digital Media Pathways Intern. “It was great being able to see how everything works behind the scenes.”

After the whirlwind, the group was escorted to their seats to watch an A’s game!

“Although I have always been a Giants fan, and always will be, I became a fan of the A’s organization that day,” said another Pathways Intern Melissa Perez. “The A’s organization and PG&E were so nice to all of us and made us feel welcomed.”

A special thank you to everyone who made this possible, especially:

20069660861_76b30dac22_zA’s Team Members: Ken Pries, Debbie Gallas, Franklin Lowe, Matt Shelton, Justin Marshall, Amanda Young

PG&E: Stacy Quan, Rob Black, James Green, David Kligman

KPIX: Roberta Gonzalez