Nerissa Imada, Class of 2011, Registered Nurse, Boys Town National Research Hospital
“I believe the greatest impact St. Anthony School made in my life was giving me a strong sense of community. Not only was this instilled in me though a Catholic education, but also through the faculty and staff who helped to shape me into the person I am today. “
Shane Victorino, Class of 1999, Professional Baseball Player
The year 2015 marked 1999 graduate Shane Victorino’s 12th year as a professional major league baseball player and the fifth anniversary of the establishment of the Shane Victorino Foundation. In a brief question and answer e-mail exchange, Shane makes it clear that family and community are his priorities.
“People call this paradise, I call this home,” Victorino told The Maui News Sports Writer Rob Collias in a November 2014 interview when Shane visited Maui for his annual charity golf tournament. “I get to come back home, enjoy the culture, the people who made me who I am. I tell people when I take the field every single night from the baseball standpoint, ‘There’s an island, there’s a family, there’s a state that I carry on my sleeve every time I go out there.’ “
Thank you Shane for making us proud, and for inspiring a new generation at St. Anthony.
Can you tell us a little bit about the life of being a professional baseball player: What do you most like about it?
Having the opportunity to play a game I love and played as a kid!
What are the challenges you face?
Challenges are faced everyday…the most important challenge is taking care of my body as I have gotten older, to play at the highest level. Another challenge is being away from your ohana and missing watching my keiki grow, but understand that someday hopefully they will understand all that they have is because of hard work and dedication!
What would people be most surprised to hear about a professional baseball player’s job?
How hard we work at it every day … lol
What message or lesson do you remember hearing from high school that you believe is worth repeating today?
Always work hard and give thanks to God for all that we and I have
Did you miss anything in your St. Anthony experience that, if you could, go back and retry or relive? What was it, and why?
I honestly didn’t miss anything in my experience at St Anthony! Reason is, I was blessed to have amazing teachers, facilities and classmates that made me better and were patient with me!!!!!
What was your fondest memory of being a student and an athlete at St. Anthony?
Graduating with my class…the class of ’99!!!
The Shane Victorino Foundation marks its 5th anniversary in 2015. What does the foundation mean to you? What are some of the projects you are most proud about being involved in?
My foundation means a lot to me. One reason obviously is being able to help those who are less fortunate then I was. Being able to give back. Every one of my projects I am proud of and blessed to be able to do. Thanks to the amazing support of the communities which I played and the communities that I have lived in. Without all the support I wouldn’t be able to give back and make the impact I am able to do. So thanks to all of you for the continued support. #TEAMMANA
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