Penn State Hershey Dermatology Baseball
What do Penn State Hershey Dermatology and baseball have in common? Fun, teamwork, excellence, and Drs. Michael Ioffreda and Jeffrey Miller! This past spring, Penn State Hershey Dermatology’s own boys of summer, teamed up to coach a team of 11- and 12-year-old boys, including their sons, in Hershey Little League.
Despite their collective years of education, Mike and Jeff went back to the books in preparation for the season. Jeff commented that “Mike is a student of the game,” while Mike acknowledged about his assistant, “Jeff quickly learned the intricacies of the infield fly rule and the difference between a two-seam and a four-seam fastball.” Mike discovered the subtleties of bunting, and Jeff mastered his hand signals.
Despite never having played or coached baseball prior to this season, they were not strangers to organized team sports. They called upon their teenage experiences with different spheroids: a tennis ball (Jeff) and shot-put (Mike). Since the team was sponsored by Penn State Hershey Dermatology, it was apropos that the acronym for the team’s core values was “Freckles!”
- Respect... everyone (teammates, other teams, umpires, fans)
- Effort... play to your potential
- Champions... play like! (shout out to Jeffrey Miller's Notre Dame roots!)
- Klick... play as a team
- Learn... skills
- Example... be a good one
- Safety... first
The team finished the regular season with the third best record of eight teams. Many of the players commented that the experience as a member of Penn State Hershey Dermatology was very positive, and parents agreed. Even some umpires noted that officiating the team’s games was a pleasure due to the high level of sportsmanship, respect, and camaraderie the players demonstrated.
In addition to instilling good core values in the players, Mike and Jeff educated players and their families about the importance of sun protection. The boys were given sun screen and instructed on its appropriate use. In addition, Ginny Lutkewitte, a member of the dermatology department’s Community Advisory Board, designed sun protection umbrellas for spectators that said, “Penn State Dermatology… We got you covered”!
We applaud Drs. Ioffreda and Miller for being team players! All the best of next season.