An update: Carmelo won! I am proud to say that I know this champion. Carmelo, I hope you and your family keep me updated as to your success- you are a kid with a big heart and quite an arm. Keep doing the right thing as you have a very bright future ahead of you.
OK~ I've been on the road making some awesome new connections the past few days and I love the fact that I always meet super nice people while I am away. Today I had the privilege to meet this young man!
I'd like all of you to meet Carmelo Hernandez! He was on my flight today from Los Angeles to Minneapolis. He was heading to Minneapolis to compete in the 2014 MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Contest!
The competition takes place tomorrow at Target Field in Minneapolis. With more than 625,000 youth participating and more than 4,000 competitions all across North America; I am proud to say that I met this young ball player today! He will be competing against two other boys in his age group, ages 11-12 that are from Virginia and Texas.
Carmelo's parents sat across the aisle and his Grandfather sat next to him. It was so fun to see the excitement that Carmelo's whole family has for him. I asked Carmelo what it takes to get to be so good at pitching and he said, "Practice!" Now, there's a lesson to be learned from that statement. Carmelo is only 12 years old and he understands the concept of work ethic. This young ball player is going to go places in all facets of his life. His grandfather even mentioned that he does not have a cell phone *gasp*- I applaud this family! Goes to show you that kids can survive without a cell phone in tow 24/7.
You all know that I love my technology, but it sure is refreshing to see a 12 year old boy working hard to succeed. Carmelo and I talked about the power he has to influence younger kids. He has a lot of young kids in his California hometown looking up to him. Just imagine what Carmelo's hometown can look like if he takes the initiative to encourage the kids playing t-ball in his hometown? Big changes can happen when a young man like Carmelo realizes the positive impact he can have within his community.
I'm excited for Carmelo and all the participants in Minneapolis tomorrow. With 24 boys and girls competing it's sure to be an exciting day. In my opinion, every kid that took the time to enter this event in their hometown is a winner. It takes the ability for kids to believe in themselves to get out there and do it! I think it's awesome that more than 600,000 kids took the time to enter their local contests. Just think- if an entrant did not quality for the finals this year what can be done over the next 365 days.
Through hard work and dedication dreams can come true. Carmelo Hernandez is living proof! I love how his eyes lit up when he told me about the game he hit four home runs in. That's a lot of baseball, friends.
Best of luck tomorrow and in the future, Carmelo. Through your hard work and dedication you have a lot of amazing things to come your way. I'm happy to call you my friend and wish you and your family all the best. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?