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Memories of Down Under

Memories of Down Under

MVP International sent softball team to Australia, eyes next trip By David Driver, MVP Communications WASHINGTON – Becky (Anderson) Forbush had plenty of overseas travel experience before she headed to Australia with an MVP International softball team in 2019. The former all-conference pitcher at George Mason University in Virginia had been to several countries in Europe, Canada and […]

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Pleasants Experiences First MVP Trip

Pleasants Experiences First MVP Trip

Long-time high school coach, who pitched in 1983 College World Series, aided Europe staff By David Driver, MVP Communications WASHINGTON – Dave Pleasants has reached the highest level in some phases of his baseball career as a player and coach. He was a pitcher for a JMU team in 1983 that went to the College […]

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Trip Of A Lifetime

Trip Of A Lifetime

MVP International lacrosse coach will explore Irish roots at the tournament By David Driver, MVP Communications WASHINGTON – The Irish roots go way back for TJ Finnerty, a girls lacrosse coach for MVP International. “I came from a large extended Irish Catholic family in upstate New York,” he says. “My grandfather was born in the U.S. […]

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Headed Off To Ireland

Headed Off To Ireland

MVP International girls team will be part of lacrosse tournament in Limerick By David Driver, MVP Communications WASHINGTON – They are a group of girls from different high schools in Northern Virginia. But there is at least one characteristic on the field that brings encouragement to their coaches as they head to Ireland on Thursday to […]

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Life Lessons On MVP Baseball Trips

Life Lessons On MVP Baseball Trips

Central European tour this summer fostered “changed perspectives” for some players VIENNA, Virginia – Veteran coach Mark “Pudge” Gjormand and Kyle Novak, an infielder with four years of college experience at JMU, have been on countless overseas baseball trips together. Their families have known each other for years and Novak began taking lessons more than […]

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Hanafin Part of MVP International Softball Success

Hanafin Part of MVP International Softball Success

The former Baylor and Maryland star eyes fourth overseas trip in 2023 VIENNA, Virginia – Bree Hanafin knew she wanted to stay involved in softball but she also discovered with a full-time job it would be difficult to do that as a high school coach.     “I realized very quickly that starting a full-time […]

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MVP Alum Murphy Gains Honor

MVP Alum Murphy Gains Honor

Former James Madison High pitcher will start in the Appalachian League All-Star game on Tuesday By David Driver, MVP Communications WASHINGTON – Ryan Murphy, a former travel baseball player with MVP, pitched in the Valley Baseball League in Virginia for Front Royal last year. The right-hander from James Madison High in Vienna, Virginia considered a […]

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Whitman On Another Trip With MVP International

Whitman On Another Trip With MVP International

The tour in Central Europe has a lot of ties to ODAC schools By David Driver, MVP Communications WASHINGTON – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), made up of 10 schools in Virginia and one in North Carolina for baseball, is considered by many to be one of the top Division III circuits in the […]

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Memorable Year Continues For Dingell

Memorable Year Continues For Dingell

After winning a title this spring, Va. resident on tour with MVP International to Europe By David Driver, MVP Communications WASHINGTON – This is shaping up to be a very memorable baseball year for Bobby Dingell. This past spring as a high school senior he helped Gonzaga College prep win a title for the first […]

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MVP International Beckons Again for Vedder

MVP International Beckons Again for Vedder

South Lakes grad, Bridgewater College pitcher ready for next European trip By David Driver, MVP Communications WASHINGTON – He has been to the Vatican in Rome, a noted bullfighting ring in Spain and seen majestic castles in Germany. But after five trips with MVP International, a leader in overseas sports youth tours, college baseball pitcher […]

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