Off to the Dominican Republic

Just as this post goes live, the SMBA Class of 2014 will be taking off on our much-anticipated annual trip to the Dominican Republic.

For the next eight days, we will be stepping away from the classroom to participate in an immersion program in the DR that many alums happily tell us was the highlight of their sports MBA experience.

Upon our arrival on Thursday afternoon, we will jump right into action with a special dinner with MLB staff in the DR. On Friday we will venture over to the Padres’ complex in Playa de Najayo where we will learn about the Padres’ DR baseball operations and later enjoy a BBQ dinner with staff and players.

Our journey will continue with a community service project in Najayo and trips to the Cigar Family Foundation in Bonao, the famous Altagracia Apparel factory and the Mets’ academy in Boca Chico. We will then travel to the birthplace of baseball in DR, San Pedro de Macoris, a city renowed for its production of elite baseball players such as Sammy Sosa and Robinson Cano. We will finish our experience by taking in a Dominican Summer League game.

Along the way we will spend copious amounts of time on the beach, perhaps take some BP and interact with young Dominican children whom we plan to bring fun gifts like stickers and educational gifts such as pencils.

We have been warned at length about the dreaded sea urchins as well as not to play soccer on the beach at 2 a.m.

For a closer look at what we might be in store for, be sure to check out the coverage from last year’s trip on the SMBA ’13 blog.

We plan on keeping you updated on our travels (wireless permitting) with a series of brief podcasts from the DR so be sure to continue following the blog and subscribing to the podcast while we are gone.