My parents have allowed a lot of awesome people to come into my life to mentor me. One of the best youth coaches that I ever had was James Holiday. We all respected him for his baseball knowledge but most of all, he was always there for us. We knew that we would have a team to play for every year and that he would bring the best out of us. He was strict but we needed the discipline. He got me ready for the next level.
|L to R: L.E.A.D. Ambassadors Earl Muhammad, Cedric Reed, Evelyn Holiday, James Holiday, myself and Howard Walker|
After college, my dream of playing professional baseball came true when I signed with the Chicago Cubs. It was everything that I thought that it would be. Upon my retirement, I began training amateur and professional hitters through my for-profit business Diamond Directors.
I remember training Josh Merrigan when he was 11 years old and now he is entering his freshman year at Georgia State University. I have watched James Clements take thousands of swings since he was in middle school and now he is a freshman GSU Panther as well.
|James Clements and his mother Kellie|
|Accepting the award with L.E.A.D. Ambassadors Earl Muhammad and Tabias Wimby along my side|
God has blessed me in so many ways to be a blessing to so many others. I take my calling to serve others seriously. I can be all that God wants me to be because of an amazing wife, daughters, parents, family members, friends and supporters. I accept this award on behalf of you all. Without you, I can't achieve anything worth talking about professionally.