Christian Lee Blakely has been involved in Detroit PAL baseball for two years. The 11th grader at University High School Academy is making a name for himself in the world of baseball!
This summer, Christian traveled with his Detroit PAL RBI baseball team to Texas to compete in the RBI World Series against teams from all around the world. “It was a great opportunity to travel to Texas,” Christian said of the experience, “I was able to put my name out there for scouts to know who I am and potentially play baseball at the college level.”
The team earned their spot in the RBI World Series by qualifying at their regional competition. Christian’s entire team worked together and worked hard to make it to Texas! “My favorite part about being on a team is the camaraderie. When I’m with my team, I don’t have to act like something I’m not and I can be myself,” he stated.
The 16-year-old stays motivated by working hard, envisioning what his future would be like if he wasn’t, and believing that he is the best player he can be. His coach taught him to always be in the mindset that when you step out onto the diamond, you are the best player out there. This has helped his confidence tremendously!
Although baseball is a major part of Christian’s life, school is still the most important thing. His favorite subject in school is A.P. English, an impressive class to be taking as a junior! “The balance between school and sports helps keep my family very organized,” said Werner, Christian’s father, “Making school the number one priority and have good grades are a must to continue playing sports.”
With the help of his family and coaches, the sky is the limit for this young student-athlete. Christian would love to continue playing baseball, but if that doesn’t work out, his backup plan is going to law school and starting his own law firm upon graduation. Great goals from a hard working young man!