UMass Amherst- Student Tapped to Play Baseball in ItalyLou Proietti (BA, 2007) came to the University of Massachusetts Amherst from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. After completing his BA in history with a minor in French, he began studies for a Masters Degree in Education.
As an undergraduate Proietti had played baseball and had been contacted by several professional Italian baseball teams. When nearly finished with his Masters degree, he signed a contract with a team in Ravenna, Italy. At the end of April 2009 he boarded a plane in Hartford, Connecticut and flew into Rome. The day he landed in Italy, a teammate picked him up at the airport. He had two games to play that day.
"This experience has changed my life," Proietti writes. As a history major he feels that he couldn't be in a more ideal place to explore the various basilicas, mosaics, and architectural masterpieces. "Even better," he says, "I have the opportunity to play baseball at a very high level and continue to work and improve on the diamond." Proietti hopes one day to coach baseball at the collegiate level, and his experience in Italy has allowed him to compete with former professional baseball players from the United States.
Proietti says that he has learned a great deal about himself while in Italy. "I hope everyone has the opportunity to experience a culture outside of their own; it has certainly been an eye-opening experience for me. Thanks again to everyone that has helped me at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, without their support and guidance this opportunity would never have been possible."