Green Bay student wins dream trip to Cooperstown
Kelsey Willems’ favorite baseball team, the Milwaukee Brewers, fell just short of their World Series dreams this fall.
But Kelsey and her father Bob got to live the dream of every baseball fan with an October visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Kelsey, an eighth grader at Bay View Middle School in Green Bay, Wis., was selected as the grand prize winner of the annual Step Up to the Plate @ Your Library program. The Hall of Fame and the American Library Association partner for the program, which promotes libraries and librarians as essential information resources.
As a seventh grader, Kelsey entered the contest by answering a series of baseball trivia questions developed by the Hall of Fame’s Library staff.
“Our school librarian, Mrs. Wells, handed us the contest forms when we were doing research on Jackie Robinson,” Kelsey said. “And Miss Cook, our language arts teacher, encouraged us to enter.
“I have to admit: My dad helped me with the answers.”
Kelsey and her father’s reward was a trip to Cooperstown for Saturday’s World Series Gala at the Hall of Fame. Both father and daughter are Brewers fans and sported Brewers T-shirts during their Hall of Fame visit on Saturday, then watched Game 3 of the World Series in the Museum’s Grandstand Theater.
“I had tickets to Game 2 of the World Series if the Brewers had gotten there, so I would have gone to Game 2 on Thursday night and then come here on Saturday,” said Bob Willems. “That didn’t happen, but this is still a very special trip.”
Dad and daughter sought out all the Brewers’ artifacts in the Museum, including Robin Yount’s Hall of Fame plaque and the Brewers’ locker in the Today’s Game exhibit. Kelsey’s favorite Brewers are Nyjer Morgan and Prince Fielder.
“The Museum was a lot bigger than I expected,” Kelsey said.
For more information on the Step Up to the Plate @ Your Library program, please visit http://www.ala.org/@yourlibrary.
Craig Muder is the director of communications at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.