SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT – Teamwork at the 69th annual Little League World Series extends beyond the playing field.
Megan Cunningham, a 2011 Abington Heights graduate, is part of the team putting on the event for the second straight year.
After contributing as a marketing department intern last year, the recent Lycoming College graduate is months into a job as a communications coordinator. She is already well aware, however, that all Little League employees need to be versatile at this time of the year.
“Last year, I was pretty much a runner,” Cunningham said. “Really, you learn during the World Series that no matter what your position is the other 11 months of the year, you are all working together to put this show on for the world.”
One of the 22-year-old’s biggest responsibilities heading up to this year’s Little League World Series was processing the credential requests for the people spreading news of the event around the world.
“We credential probably close to 800 ESPN employees,” said Cunningham, who also dealt with requests from print media. “That includes 200-300 that are on-site here as well as all our other regional and ancillary World Series events.”
There are nine world title events around the country run by Little League in baseball and softball at varying age levels. The flagship event is the baseball tournament for 11-12-year-olds (some turn 13 during the season) that comes to Williamsport, the birthplace of Little League baseball, every year.
Cunningham gets to combine many of her interests in the position.
“Although I’m not very athletic, I love sports and sports history,” said Cunningham, who was a member of the swimming and field hockey teams while at Abington Heights.
Cunningham began at Lycoming as a history major but determined from an early internship that her potential job path might not keep her interested for the long term. She switched to a dual major of communications and business marketing, but is happy that Little League’s deep history is part of her job.
Among the other tasks for Cunningham is assisting other staffers in using social media to spread information about Little League baseball.
The Little League World Series opened Aug. 20 and continues to Aug. 30. It has already had two games draw crowds in excess of 30,000 to Lamade Stadium.
Megan is the daughter of Lisa Cunningham from Waverly.