BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots and Spearhead Staffing have hired Skyler Pearsall of Metuchen as this year’s Kid CEO.
“I’m really excited. I’ve been trying for three years now so I’m happy to finally get to do it,” said Pearsall, who was a runner-up the previous two seasons in very close contests. “I love the Patriots and I’ve always been interested in the business-side of baseball because it’s something I want to pursue in the future as a career.”
Pearsall is 13-year old 7th grader at Edgar Middle School. She was a member of the field hockey, basketball and softball teams. Outside of school, Skyler is a girl scout, an altar server and Buddy Ball volunteer. Skyler is a dedicated Somerset Patriots fan, attending as many games as possible, both home and away.
She joined fellow finalists Evan Gilmurray (Bridgewater), Charlie Grippo (Bernardsville), Jimmy Marvits (Hillsborough), and Nicholas Morgan (Piscataway) on the field before the game on Friday, May 26 for their final interview to determine the winner of the program.
“I think this was the best year of finalists we’ve had. You can tell they were all intelligent and very well spoken. All five came well prepared to answer their questions. Any one of the children would have been an excellent pick,” said Doug Bryson, the President of Spearhead Staffing.
As the Kid CEO, Pearsall will shadow front office staff members during the games to learn about ticketing, merchandising, promotions, media, marketing, and ballpark operations. She will sit in on Patriots staff meetings and write about the experiences she has in the position. Pearsall will also receive a personalized Somerset Patriots jersey, tickets to five games, a ceremonial first pitch for a game, and a meet and greet with Sparky Lyle, Brett Jodie and the players. This is the seventh time that the team selected a Kid CEO.
“We are very proud to welcome Skyler as our Kid CEO. All the finalists were terrific and would have done a great job in the position,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. “Ultimately we just felt that Skyler was the right pick and definitely earned the shot of being hired this year. We can’t wait to work with her and make it a great experience.”
Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary, are on sale now. TD Bank Ballpark will be the host of the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game presented by RWJBarnabas Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey July 12. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call 908-252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.