Today’s Game Grower Profile features Matthew Baron, an intern at the 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championships!
Israel Lacrosse, host of the World Lacrosse Championships, is in the process of making this year’s games one of the best of all time, and certainly the largest games ever. With 46 countries participating in this 2018, it has set a record for the number of nations that have played in a world championship at one time, and that record may never be broken. As a result, it has taken countless man-hours and a large staff of many dedicated workers to make it happen.
Over 100 interns were sent to help contribute to whatever needed doing at the games. One of these interns is Baron, a native of northwestern Ohio. Baron has had limited lacrosse experience before landing the internship at the world games, but has quickly fallen in love with the game and the community. Baron is an older, non-traditional college student at the University of Northwestern Ohio who studies sports marketing and sports management.
Baron is from a town called Lima, where he graduated high school. Lima has been known for their history of mobsters and was the setting for the hit TV series “Glee”. Baron had joined the Navy prior to a stint at Bowling Green State University, from which he later dropped out.
After a 30-year career in the service industry at a country club, Baron met a representative from Northwestern Ohio by chance at a function during work. Baron then applied and was accepted to the university, where he now studies.
A town of about 37,000, Lima Senior High School is the only high school in the city with a lacrosse team. Baron is excited about helping the team grow and spreading lacrosse through that area of the United States.
Upon return from his 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championships internship, Baron hopes to keep the game going in northwest Ohio. Baron’s story is a testament to the fact that it is never too late to change directions and start a new journey. Way to “Grow the Game®” Matt!