Inside the Up17 App

National Video Games Examiner Patrick Hickey Jr. chats with former MLB player and UP17 app co-founder Joe Mahoney, who discusses his software which allows kids that play baseball or softball to submit videos of their performances to former professional baseball players and coaches in order to be coached and evaluated. Former Atlanta Braves star Dale Murphy and other former MLB veterans the likes of Paul LoDuca, Charlie Hayes, Matt Wise and Desi Relaford are also involved with the project as well and all have the same desire- to help kids play better.

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Hickey Jr.: What inspired the creation of the app?

Joe Mahoney: UP17 was created out of a love of Baseball. I and David Schultz sought to connect amateur and youth players with professional players and coaches. We had the vision to create a technology platform that combines both a service (coaching) and an experience (interactions with a real MLB Pro). They knew that such a platform was technologically possible, but no one had created it.

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