October 2020 Athlete of the Month
The most incredibly interesting thing about being a leader is what adjustments you make and how you make them while keeping your core principles alive and well.
When I was 12 years old I decided not to try out for Babe Ruth Division 1. I was not confident enough in my abilities and I was afraid of not making a team. It was the best decision of my life. I met George Kelsch that year and today I believe he was one of the most influential people in my life. He was passionate about the game and even more passionate about teaching his players confidence, leadership, life skills and more. He built a passion and confidence in me that I am eternally grateful for. I would never be the coach, teacher, or parent I am today without meeting George Kelsch. George, unfortunately, passed away in 2018, but I know he would be very proud, because George’s passion for the sport and teaching others lives on through his family; especially his grandson Devin. Devin is one of the best leaders and teammates we have in the Bandits family. He truly deserves the October Athlete of the Month Award.
A few years ago Devin began with us at the baseball club with aau and continued his hard work through the fall and winter programs. He is one of the most polite and hard working players we have. I like to get to practices early, but usually when I do, Devin is already there practicing. Whether it is a class, practice or game, Devin is always asking questions, absorbing as much knowledge about the game that he can. He is also a great teammate always working with other players to help them with their mechanics. More important than anything, whether a good or bad day, he is always thinking ahead, always pushing himself and others to work hard and never give up until it's over. Coach Berman said it best about Devin, “Devin has become a leader in every way. He brings energy to every workout. He shows up smiling, ready to be coached and to help others. Devin was overheard at every practice encouraging and teaching the younger players with patience and positivity that is very unusual for someone his age. He has embraced the constructive criticism with a work ethic and a leadership role that has attracted all of his teammates and makes our job as coaches so much easier. I, personally, want to thank his parents and sister for embracing the message that baseball is a great way to change the world. Devin is certainly changing the world around him for the better.”
Joe Hock, Devin’s aau coach, also stated that, “Devin is one the hardest working kids I’ve coached since working with the BBC. He has been a leader for our team since day 1 and continues to grow in that leadership role every day. He has a drive to be the best he can be while trying to support those around him however possible. I am proud of Devin for his attitude and demeanor at all times, even when things are not going well for him, he always manages to find a way to be positive and supportive for his teammates. Devin wouldn’t have got to where he is without the support of his parents so I can’t thank them enough for raising a great young man.”
Thank you Devin for all you do, good luck with everything in the future!