Baseball Testimonials

"I was in the fourth grade when I stood up in front of my entire classroom and was asked by my teacher 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' I responded, 'A professional baseball player.' She replied with 'No, Craig. Pick something you think you can actually become.' My classmates laughed at me and 11 years later I heard my name called in the Major League Baseball draft. I tell you this... Read More

"I was in the fourth grade when I stood up in front of my entire classroom and was asked by my teacher 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' I responded, 'A professional baseball player.' She replied with 'No, Craig. Pick something you think you can actually become.' My classmates laughed at me and 11 years later I heard my name called in the Major League Baseball draft. I tell you this because no matter how successful you are in anything you do now, don’t just give up. If you love it, keep doing it. Don’t let anybody tell you that something isn’t for you. Every professional athlete has been told in their life that they aren’t very good at what they do. How do you know the St. Louis Cardinals won’t call your name in the draft someday? What if you got to play in the NFL in front of thousands of people? You won't know unless you try. Without sports camps I wouldn’t have been able to find out what I truly loved. I would not have developed into the athlete I am today. Sports have taught me what it truly means to love something. They were my first love and gave me my first true heartbreak. I have lost more times than I have won, but the competition is what keeps me coming back. I am forever grateful that I was in so many camps when I was younger. Despite where I have made it to now, I hardly got the awards when I was a kid. I didn’t get the ‘MVP’ or ‘Best Skills’ awards at camp; rarely did I receive any sort of awards. Instead of letting this discourage me, I let it fuel my fire to get better. I am the athlete and person that I am today because of all the different sports I played and camps I attended. They taught me so much about myself. I met lifelong friends in camps who shared the same love for competition that I did. I cannot stress enough how vital sports camps and sports were to my development as an athlete and more importantly a person. Get signed up for each and every camp you have any sort of interest in. Try new things and meet new friends. Never let anyone tell you that you aren’t good enough to do something. If you love something then one day those same people will pat you on the back for being so good at it."

Craig Aikin
13th Round Selection of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2015 MLB Draft