The Loma Linda Yankees Little League team represents not only the City of Loma Linda, but also the Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy. The T-ball team was sponsored by the School of Pharmacy this year, providing the players with funds for team uniforms, trophies, and equipment for their games, says Yankees coach Alan Connelly, MBA. Mr. Connelly is assistant dean for finance and administration for the LLU School of Pharmacy. His daughter also plays for the team.
Hansel Fletcher, PhD, professor at the School of Medicine, is commissioner of the local little league teams. Dr. Fletcher asked Billy Hughes, PhD, dean of the School of Pharmacy, if the school would like to sponsor a team.
The Yankees sport “LLU School of Pharmacy” on the back of their navy blue jerseys. Mr. Connelly says he has even heard from other LLU staff that have seen the Yankee players in their jerseys and remarked on what great representation it was for the University. Truly a fine example of the University working to improve the quality of life for those in the local community.
The Yankee's season started this year on April 5 and ended June 7, and included 20 games on Sundays and Wednesdays, Mr. Connelly mentioned. “There are no scores, wins, or losses, but the games teach the 5 and 6-year-olds basic team work as well as some basic skills of how they should be playing baseball.”