Eckert recently graduated the University of Florida with a degree in Sports Management and Political Science and is excited to receive this scholarship. This Fall, Eckert will begin graduate school at the University of Connecticut.
“I will use [the money] to help offset the costs of moving and towards school,” Eckert said. He also wanted to express his appreciation of the Florida Marlins for helping sponsor the scholarship program.
Eckert made a lot of good impressions with his time at Daytona. “We are happy to see Jonathan Eckert rewarded for all of his hard work,” said Cubs General Manager Bill Papierniak. “Jonathan performed the account executive position with class and professionalism. We wish him the best of luck in the future.”
Eckert grew up a Chicago Cubs fan and felt fortunate to get a position with one of Chicago’s Minor League affliates. Eckert also indicated that one of the more exciting facets of the internship was getting to see players from the Major Leagues join Daytona, like Rich Hill and Angel Guzman.
Growing up near the area, Eckert did support Daytona and went to many games at Jackie Robinson Ballpark as a fan before he was brought on as an intern. Working with the team showed Eckert a new side of the game. “I’ve definitely learned a lot. I’ve been to games before, but this is different. It was definitely a good experience.”