2016-06-01 / Spotlight

Having a Ball

Scott Walker, General Manager, State CollegeSpikes

Scott Walker knows what summertime fun is all about. As general manager of the State College Spikes, the Centre County native says his work is never-ending, but “I get to work with a lot of talented folks, so that makes my job a lot easier.” This summer, he’s looking forward to promotions like Cowboy Monkey Rodeo (happening twice) and the Human Cannonball, the newest addition to Fourth of July festivities. Before the team’s home opener on June 18, we caught up with Walker to see what — besides his two sons — Radley, 4, and Braxten, 2 — he thinks is a grand slam.

Hoppy Trails
“My girlfriend Shannon and I love to go to local restaurants, especially the local brewpubs and distilleries,” says Walker. A craft beer enthusiast, he’s excited that Robin Hood Brewing Co. will be creating another beer for the Spikes this summer, called Deer Hunter — “a mango lemon-infused double IPA.”

Big League
Fantasy football is a big reality for Walker, a two-time champion of his Spikes/Curve league. “I have two trophies, embroidered polos, championship rings, a customized carpet… It’s a little obnoxious. That’s what I like to do.” His secret to success is simple: “I try to stay up to date.”

Centre of Attraction
A Pleasant Gap native and Bellefonte Area grad, Walker loves Centre County and all that it has to offer. “There’s all kinds of rich history in the area, and I’m very passionate about making sure that we attract tourists to the area.” He serves on the board of the Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitor’s Bureau to further that goal.

Up to Par
As Penn State Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Tournament co-chair and a Mount Nittany Medical Center Golf Classic committee member, Walker combines pleasure and philanthropy out on the links. “I’m not that great, but I love to spend time with friends and clients on the golf course.” But he did hit a hole-in-one last year!

On-Field Fun
“If we work hard, we get the chance to play hard,” Walker says, and last year he got the chance at every game. As part of a sponsorship deal with a local Segway tour company, Walker was tasked to ride around at every game — but he added his own flair with a different costume each time. “We have a lot of fun,” he says.

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