Two Minnesota youth coaches wanted a way for Grandma to see kids’ games, and now their live webcasting service is catching on, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Brent Stromme wanted nothing more than for his 83-year-old mother in Detroit Lakes, Minn., to be able to watch her grandsons play sports. While coaching his son’s Annandale youth baseball team, Stromme and a fellow coach had an "aha" moment: "What if we could connect her to their games via the internet?" Thanks to Stromme’s year-old enterprise, Webcast America, which streams live webcasts of high school sports and other events over the internet with play-by-play announcing and camera work done by local students, Gertrude Stromme will log onto her computer Friday night to watch her grandson play basketball for Annandale High. That picture of his mother cheering on her grandkids from the family room is what it’s all about, Stromme said. His new venture, which he co-owns with four other people, is a win-win-win for high school athletics, school districts, and communities, Stromme said. Students get paid, and acquire valuable experience, when they film events, do play-by-play sports commentary, and webcast events live on the web, free to viewers. Parents never have to miss one of their children’s games. And it’s an opportunity for schools to showcase their offerings. Events are streamed live on the Webcast America website,, then archived for a year. What’s the catch? "There isn’t one. That’s what everyone wants to know," Stromme said…

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