|Club||Dennis Van Pelt||Baseball U||West Long Branch||NJ|
|High School||Dave Drew|
|Primary Position||Starting Pitcher|
|Secondary Positions||2B, OF|
|Stance||Throwing arm||Vertical jump||Bench Press (max)|
"Athlete of the Week" - Star News Group, The Ocean Star (April 2014)
Freshman year - Varsity starter
Middle School - MVP (2011 & 2012) & Co-Captain
Sports at the Beach - Tournament MVP
Star News Group: Ocean Star "Athlete of the Week" April 18, 2014
From Shore Sports Network: (4/11/14): "Sophomore starting pitcher Frank Graziano helped his own cause by going 3-for-5 with a double and four RBI to pick up the win on the mound and lead the Panthers to a win over the Bengals."
On the field, my first leadership role was as Captain of my Middle School Baseball Team. In that early experience, I took my role seriously and learned the importance of being the person my teammates could depend on. I tried to motivate my team and keep everyone in the game. That meant cheering on everyone and telling a teammate who struck out or missed a play not to worry - forget about it and just think about their next play. It also meant never missing a practice, being at the field early for practice and games, and playing my hardest in every game and at every practice. My father taught me that you practice like you're playing in a game. As a Freshman on the Varsity team, I still tried to be the same way. I hope in high school I can be that teammate that everyone counts on. And hopefully, I will have the chance in my Senior year to be Captain once again.
Off the field, I am very excited about volunteering with handicapped children in our town during the Buddy Ball season. I work with the Director of the program to help recruit more volunteers for the program. I hope my efforts will encourage several of my high school teammates to participate with me. Overall, I am proud of the several different ways I have volunteered with handicapped children and adults to help make them feel successful and proud of their own unique abilities.
As an athlete, I know the importance of physical training on a daily basis. To improve your athletic ability, you have to work hard every day. In addition to physical training, eating healthy is also a critical component of maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle. On a daily basis, choosing your meals wisely, avoiding junk food as much as possible, and exercising regularly takes a lot of dedication and perseverence. I am committed to both. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle balanced with exercise, training, and healthy eating habits improves your overall being. You have more energy and feel better, which also helps you mentally with your academics because you are not as tired and can focus better in your classes. I know that to be the best athlete I can be, in order to perform my best and help my team, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the only choice.
Sometimes we forget just how fortunate we are and take things for granted. Knowing this, I try to become involved in my community as much as I possibly can, especially with regards to helping those less fortunate than I am. With baseball as my passion, I am extremely excited about volunteering with "Buddy Ball", a baseball program for handicapped children, sponsored by our local Little League association. It is a wonderful opportunity to help children with disabilities enjoy the sport that I love. In addition, since I enjoy playing soccer as well, I also volunteer with our town's TOPSoccer Program, which is another community athletic program for handicapped children. I also volunteer every year at the Point Pleasant Beach Elks Lodge with their Annual Handicapped Children's Summer Picnic. In addition, I have also volunteered at the Schroth School (Cerebral Palsy Center of Monmouth County) and assisted with planned holiday activities. During Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, I volunteered in relief centers in my home town of Point Pleasant and the nearby town of Manasquan, where my mother works. It was extremely difficult to see the devastation, but it was also amazing to see how everyone pulled together to help each other. I also am very proud to be a volunteer and participant in the "Relay for Life of Point Pleasant" to raise money for the American Cancer Society. This event is especially important to me as my mother is a cancer survivor. I also volunteer at the Annual National Hoop Shoot, sponsored by the Elks Foundation. In the future, I hope to find many new ways to help others and become even more involved in my community.
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