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July 2020 Athlete of the Month

Anthony DiVito

"We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort." 
-Jesse Owens 

Throughout the winter, the baseball club is packed with people preparing for the season. The numbers and the effort have increased tremendously. This is the added benefit to having an indoor facility while there is still snow on the ground. Boys and girls can get their arms ready and their swings prepared well before that first day of tryouts or practice. However, it is all up to them if they want to commit. Some decide to stay home and play video games while others go out with their friends. There are a few though that have shown great dedication and self-discipline and prioritized their workouts as number one and have not strayed off course. Anthony DiVito, our July Athlete of the Month, has not only matured over the years, but has also dedicated an immense amount of time to working out and strengthening his skills on the diamond. His determination and passion for the game has been a true pleasure to witness.

I remember like it was yesterday my first lesson with Anthony when he was 8 years old. At such a young age, you saw the fire and passion in his eyes and you could only hope he was someone who would push himself to reach his full potential. He has become more than that. Over the years, Anthony continued lessons, which also included hitting with Coach Berman, he joined the Bandits and became an integral part of a very successful Bandits team. My best example of Anthony’s great work ethic was the numerous Fridays Anthony would show up to work out and hit. Friday was an optional workout day for a group that included 9 other individuals. Every Friday, instead of hanging out with friends, you knew Anthony was showing up from 3:30-5 to workout and hit; this is something I will never forget. Another great characteristic about Anthony is the respect he has for always showing up early. Whether it is practice or game, Anthony is always the first person there. It has been a true honor and privilege to watch Anthony over the years develop into such a fine young adult. Coach John Richardi, head coach of Anthony’s Bandit Team said, “It has been a pleasure to watch Anthony’s growth over the past 6 years. His worth ethic and dedication really came full circle this year and it has really been fun to watch as one of his coaches.”

I find it only fitting that Anthony receives such accolades as he and his teammates head into the playoffs and a potential championship run. We are so very proud of you and good luck with everything in the future.

A true Fan of Yours

James Joyce