August 2020 Athlete of the Month
'It is not the size of the dog in the fight, it is the size of the fight in the dog"
Size is not something you can control. It isn’t up to you. Some are born with it and grow to be 6 feet 5 inches, while others just barely scrape 5’ 9. What matters is what you do with your size. More times than not I have seen the most gifted individuals work less than someone not so fortunate. Look at Dustin Pedroia. Dustin is 5’9”, but will go down as one of the grittiest baseball players in Red Sox History. From our August Athlete of the Month, Kevin Farmer, I have learned that the only size that matters is the size of their heart.
As long as I have known Kevin, I have seen the epitome of a leader. Kevin is always the first to open his mouth to answer questions and always the first to root on his teammates. Kevin also loves to compete. Everyday he is challenging himself to become better than he was the day before. He listens, takes advice, asks questions and then goes to work. Kevin is not afraid to take chances and work through failures knowing there is light at the end of the tunnel. During the shutdown of the program from March to June, Kevin, along with his brother Keith, sent in videos of them every week trying new drills that we sent out through google classroom. It was great to watch them perform and explain how they were and why they were doing the drill. Both Farmer boys love to understand why they are doing something and I think that will help them succeed in the long run. Coach Tim Zaniboni said about Kevin, “I have had the pleasure of coaching Kevin for the past two years. He is one of the hardest working players in the Bandit Program. He is always putting in the work to get better. During the COVID break, Kevin was one of my only players to continue to put in the work to get better at home. The work he did at home showed on the field. Keep doing the right thing and good things will happen. Congratulations Kevin! Keep up the good work..” Kevin has worked tremendously hard to receive these accolades and we know this is just the beginning for him.