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CCRI Baseball’s Mack to Receive Prestigious Stan Musial Sportsmanship Award!
You don’t see too many random acts of kindness these days, especially coming from a high school student.
However, Casey Mack (Trumbull, CT) wasn’t just another high school student. Mack, who is a prized recruit for the Knight’s baseball team, is planning on playing a big role on this year’s club. In 68 at-bats this fall, Mack posted a batting average of .323, to go along with a .432 on-base percentage, three home runs, 11 runs batted in, and 14 runs scored.
Although he has proved to be quite the baseball player, Mack proved that he’s a far better person than he is a ballplayer with his actions last spring.
Mack, then a senior standout for the Trumbull High School baseball team, wanted to give back to three high schools in Bridgeport, Connecticut that were facing budget restraints and who were not as fortunate as he and his teammates.
“They’d rotated using the same two bats for quite some time,” Mack said. “I overheard one of the coaches talking to my coach and saying that they only had ten baseballs. When I heard that, I said I have to do something for them.”
Mack did just that, purchasing six brand new bats—two for each school, to aid these struggling programs.
“I kind of did it on the down low,” Mack said. “I took off my jersey and went behind the dugout and asked the opposing coaches if I could speak with them. I then handed them the two bats. I made sure they were still wrapped so they knew they were brand new.”
Understandably so, this drew an emotional reaction from the coaches.
“They (the opposing coaches) thought that I was just going to ask them to vote for me for all-state,” Mack said. “So when I gave them the bats, they were just stunned. They really weren’t talking too much. A couple of them started crying.”
Although Mack didn’t want his act to be heard publicly, it didn’t take long for the word to get out. Mack’s athletic director called him in to talk one day and asked him about it. Trumbull’s athletic director had been contacted by the athletic director of Bridgeport Central High School, one of the schools that received two of the bats. After admitting to it, the word continued to spread, leading to a feature in the Connecticut Post.
“I was a little iffy about it because I really didn’t want it to get out,” Mack said. “But the writer for the Post convinced me that it would probably inspire people to do the same thing so I decided to do it.”
Mack will be one of six Stan Musial Award recipients on November 9th in a ceremony to be held in St. Louis. The Stan Musial Awards recognize the greatest moments and stories of sportsmanship from around the country. The awards are presented to members in all levels of sports—including professional, college, high school, and youth.
Even though Mack is set to receive this extraordinary honor, he’s still planning to help out his neighboring city of Bridgeport in the future.
“I’m always planning on doing more for Bridgeport,” Mack said. “I’m not done.”
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.