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Ronnie Glenn

School

University of Pennsylvania

Position
Pitcher
Major
Political Science

Classroom

Ronnie Glenn was named to the 2013-14 Dean’s List, which requires students to obtain a 3.7 GPA or higher for a particular academic calendar year, and is on track to graduate with Cum Laude academic honors. He also was nominated for the 2013 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area team.

Character

Glenn is involved in the University of Pennsylvania’s Newman Catholic Ministry as a leader. He participated in faith-sharing talks about the impact of God’s presence in his life and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Action.

From Head Coach John Yurkow: “Ronnie is the most caring and respectful player I have coached in my 15-year coaching career. He does a tremendous job of helping our younger players transition into the college lifestyle. Ronnie has organized numerous off-the-field activities for our program such as weekly church groups and dinners, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) visits, Miracle League participation and the Vs. Cancer program. He also is a fan favorite with all of the local Little Leaguers when he’s involved with our Penn Baseball youth camps. All of the kids ask to be on Ronnie’s team. Ronnie is a humble young man, and he competes the right way. He respects his opponents and always handles himself in a professional manner, win or lose.”

Community

Glenn was a 2014 nominee for the University of Pennsylvania’s Sol Feinstone Undergraduate Award, which is presented to a sophomore, junior or senior who has contributed to “orderly and constructive social and educational change within or outside the university community.” In his role as the Penn Baseball Outreach Coordinator he has overseen projects involving the Vs. Cancer Foundation, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Miracle League of Northampton County.

In his work for the Vs. Cancer Foundation, Glenn, with permission from his coaches, spearheaded a fundraising effort for pediatric cancer research working with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Overall, the team ended up raising $10,473 to help find new and better treatments to save lives. In addition to raising the money, the team shaved its heads for the cause. After the success the team had last year, it is continuing its efforts in 2015.
For the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Glenn coordinated multiple visits to CHOP with multiple Penn baseball players. The visits included signing autographs, hosting a broadcasting game show and friendly conversations.

Finally, Glenn coordinated a baseball game with Penn baseball players and coaches and children with special needs for the Miracle League of Northampton County, which makes sure every child can have the opportunity to play baseball.

Competition

In 2014, Glenn finished with a 5-2 record and a 3.46 ERA as a starter. During the summer of 2014, he played in the Cape Cod Baseball League and earned a 1.03 ERA in the nation’s premier summer collegiate league against the best talent in college baseball. As a result, he was named to the Cape Cod Top 150 MLB Prospects list. During the summers of 2012 and 2013, he performed in the Cal Ripken Baseball League and was recognized as an All-Star both years, representing the Alexandria Aces. He was also recognized to the Top MLB Prospects list both years. In 2013, Glenn was nominated to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers’ Association Mid-Season Stopper of the Year Watch List, which recognized the national save leaders in Division I baseball.

From Coach John Yurkow: “Ronnie is a tireless worker on and off the practice field. He’s usually the first one down to the field and the last to leave. He’s a competitive practice player who constantly pushes his teammates to get better. Ronnie is relentless in the weight room, and he’s always looking to gain an edge on his opponents. He has become a tremendous competitor on the mound, and we will lean on him heavily this year. He always seems to make his best pitches when the pressure is on. Ronnie was one of the main reasons we were able to have such a productive and successful season last year. He’s a workhorse who never wants to exit a game.”