New school partners with N.Y. Yankees
LUTZ -- Name a school after the right guy, get a little World Series magic.
That seems to be happening for the new George Steinbrenner High School in Lutz, which may soon have a lot more to do with the New York Yankees than simply being named for its owner.
Officials at the school say they'll offer a sports-themed career track for every student who wants it. Think sports medicine, marketing, agenting, turf management -- just about anything connected to the behind-the-scenes world of professional sports.
And the Yankees say the doors at their Tampa spring training facility are open for Steinbrenner students hoping to don the pinstripes for an internship, job shadowing experience or back-office mentor.
"There’s a thousand different fields you can go into that are related to sports in one way or another," said senior vice president Felix Lopez. "If they love the sports world, there are many opportunities to contribute and be part of that."
Hillsborough school officials will accept applications from across the district to attend the school, which is projected to open well below its 2,500-student enrollment this fall.
"It’s to give students an opportunity to know how much goes on off the playing field," said assistant principal Kelly King. "Not every youngster is going to play for the major leagues or the NFL. Here’s a pathway to an actual career."
For more details and updates, visit the Gradebook at tampabay.com or read tomorrow's St. Petersburg Times.
Tom Marshall, Times Staff Writer