The MVP Philosophy

 

MVP was established on the simple and humbling idea that life is short, time is scarce, the world is big, and connection is key

 

Life Is Short. Time Is Scarce. 

Yes, it's as corny as it gets, but it's true. We only have so much time on here to jam-pack in as many experiences, relationships, and memories as possible. Anything can change at the drop of the hat and the tomorrow we're waiting for may never come. This is especially true when it comes to the amount of time families get to spend together. You only get 18 summers with kids to make the memories to last you a lifetime - How Many Do You Have Left? 

The Time Is Now.

 

The World Is Big. 

It's not uncommon for us as Americans to get stuck in our own bubble. Yes, our country has a lot to offer but don't forget that there is a whole world out there with different people, foods, celebrations, values, and ways of life. As Americans we have a responsibility to become humble, to learn from others, and to share our ways of life with them. This attitude not only helps us expand into more respectful and tolerant individuals, but it gives us the contrast that is needed to appreciate all of the things that make our home country amazing. 

Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone. 

 

Connection is Key. 

There is a power in coming together to share a new experience. To meet others from around the world through a shared interest and realize that they're not so different from us after all. Take the opportunity to connect through something you love and share it with those you care about. 

It's About The People Along The Way. 

 

Experiences > Things. 

Here are 2 great resources that share this mentality.

1) The Dash Poem

2) Your Life In Weeks


 

Meet The Team

 

 Mark 'Pudge' Gjormand

Mark 'Pudge' Gjormand

Chief executive

Coach Pudge is known by both the Virginia High School Baseball community as well as the national baseball community for bringing a high level of energy, charisma, and absolute passion to the field, every single day. With decades of accomplishments, 2 State Championships, coach Pudge is currently the 4th winningest baseball coach in Virginia High School Baseball history with nearly 400 wins.

Coach Pudge’s story starts back in 2008. After much hesitation and some convincing by his supportive wife, Beth, Coach Pudge got his first taste of international baseball on a trip to Germany with  some of the top players in the DMV area. After having his eyes opened to the impact the game of baseball was having around the world, he was all-in.

After a few more trips it was back to the drawing board as to how he could share an experience that was transforming not only his life, but also those of hundreds of athletes and families that were joining him on the trips. He had a vision to reach the lives of thousands across a variety of sports with these unforgettable trips. 

In 2012, coach Pudge contacted now business partner, Matt Foley to help this dream come to reality. While coach Pudge handled the sports side of things, Matt handled the business side, and the partnership was formed. Since then, coach Pudge has continued to share his vision that he founded the company with and also directs all things related to baseball.

Since then, coach Pudge has continued to lead hundreds of travelers every summer and claims that this thing is justgetting started!

Coach Pudge also operates MVP Baseball School, the MVP Terps, and MVP Summer Camp. He currently resides in Reston, VA with his wife, Beth, and 3 kids Samantha (18), Josh (16), and Trevor (13)

 Matt Foley

Matt Foley

President

Matt played for coach Pudge, graduating in 2003 and racking up a laundry list of awards, both in the JMHS record books as well as at the state level. After 4 successful years, 2 regional championships and a state championship at Madison, Matt went on to catch at Virginia Tech for 4 years.

After a few years in the corporate world, Matt was drawn back to the game as a coach as he enjoyed staying connected to the baseball community. When he was approached by coach Pudge in 2012 to form what is now MVP International Athletics, he saw it as an opportunity to further apply what he had learned in the corporate world in order to build something very special.

Since then, Matt has served as President of MVP International and oversees the smooth running of the business operation.

Matt also has a focus in the real estate field and currently resides in Arlington, VA with his wife Meghan and 2 kids, Bryce (3) Blake (1).

 Eli Facenda

Eli Facenda

Executive Director, Trip Coordinator

Eli’s background in international sports tours goes back to 2009. After going on back-to-back undefeated trips to the Dominican Republic and Italy under coach Pudge, the bug had bit Eli and he was hooked.

Eli went on to play Division I baseball at Lehigh University. While there he majored in Finance with a minor in Spanish, and was also afforded the opportunity to do a semester abroad in Barcelona, Spain.

It was during that semester abroad that he re-connected with the MVP International team and slowly began to support the organization. Eli continued to work for MVP International part time as a senior at Lehigh University and became MVP International’s first full-time employee upon graduation in 2015. Since then Eli has taken over the role of running the day to day operation of the business. Eli also serves as the group leader for several MVP International tours.

Eli has built a passion for traveling and the travel industry, which has led him to visit over 20 countries in the last 3 years. Eli currently resides in Arlington, VA