Rangers announce 2023 Charley Pride Fellows
The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation today announced the five students selected for the Charley Pride Fellowship Program Class of 2023. In its third year, the program will again see five college students from diverse backgrounds spend their summer working in the Texas Rangers front office for the unique internship.
Created in honor of late country music star and close friend of the Texas Rangers organization, Charley Pride, the program aims to build a launching pad for students from diverse backgrounds looking to gain experience in a baseball front office.
The 2023 Charley Pride Fellows were selected after an extensive application and interview process by the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation Fellowship Selection Committee. They begin their paid internships at Globe Life Field on Tuesday, May 30, with the program concluding on Friday, August 4.
The Charley Pride Fellowship Program Class of 2023:
Charley Pride Fellow Hometown Year School
Alexandria Brown | Dallas, TX | Junior | Fisk University
Dara English | Redondo Beach, CA | Senior | Brown University
Josh Marcellus | Rowlett, TX | Senior | University of North Texas
Isaac Moisa | Whittier, CA | Junior | UC Santa Barbara
Mykal Poindexter | Atlanta, GA | Senior | Morehouse College
The Foundation will hire, train, and support the five Fellows as they rotate through three front office departments. The students will gain valuable skills during the 10-week program to equip them in their professional endeavors.
Prominent Dallas businessman Roland Parrish and his Parrish Charitable Foundation are partnering with the Rangers Foundation in the Charley Pride Fellowship Program for the third consecutive year.
The class of 2023 will have the option to rotate between Accounting/Finance, Ballpark Entertainment, Promotions & Production, Baseball Operations, Business Analytics, Business Partnerships, Communications, Human Resources, Marketing, REV Entertainment, Ticket Operations, and Ticket Sales & Premium Services departments.
Over the first two years of the Fellowship program, ten individuals have participated, receiving extensive experience in the baseball and business departments of the Rangers’ organization.
Several of the Charley Pride Fellows from the first two classes have gone on to work in the sports and entertainment field, including Kendall Coleman (Texas Rangers), Jordan Thomas (Dallas Wings & Panther City Lacrosse), Ashley Go (PointsBet), and Neemekh Mudvari (Telemundo Houston). Additionally, David Simpson III (Rangers Youth Academy – part-time) will begin a seasonal internship with the Seattle Seahawks in July.
Learn more about the Charley Pride Fellowship Program at rangers.com/charleypridefellowship.
About The Parrish Charitable Foundation’s Fellowship Support:
Prominent businessman Roland Parrish continues his philanthropic and change-making mission in partnership with the Texas Rangers Foundation with the announcement of the Charley Pride Fellowship Class of 2023. The Parrish Charitable Foundation's four-year, $250,000 commitment will offer students a chance to work in the Texas Rangers front office. Each year through 2024, one of the 10-week paid internships, named to honor the late country music legend, American Icon, and Texas treasure, will be earmarked for a student enrolled in a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).
This partnership will help aid the Texas Rangers organization and Major League Baseball (MLB) with its goal to increase minority representation in the front office. “Not only was Mr. Pride near and dear to me,” said Parrish, who owns nearly 30 McDonalds throughout North Texas, “I also know that inclusion and diversity were very important to Mr. Pride,” he said. Pride was a trailblazer as a Country Music Artist, integrating a genre of music that historically does not have many people of color.