Joseph Holguin Earns Spot on Team USA

Joseph Holguin is on his way to the Dominican Republic! Read why he was 1 of 14 student athletes to be selected and what this means for his future.

When not studying for school, how do you spend your free time?

When I’m not studying in school I practice with the soccer team for now and in the spring I practice with the school baseball team. During the off­season I practice on my hitting, throwing and fielding for baseball. I also enjoy playing video games, hanging out with my friends, and spending time with my family.

You have been selected to play baseball for Team USA in the Dominican Republic in June 2015. You are one of 14 student athletes representing the United States this summer! Tell us about being a member of Team USA.

Being part of the team is not easy. The coaches have to select players who they believe can compete and have potential to play at the international level. I will be playing outfield and shortstop for the team. It’s a huge honor to be selected and I’m also happy that my classmate and teammate Zach Bledsoe­Downes has been invited.

Who is your role model?

My role model is Roberto Clemente. He was a great baseball player who lived in Puerto Rico. Clemente had a cannon for an arm and he made the “3,000 Hits Club” and was also inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. I admire him because he was a great person and always put others before himself. His death will always inspire me because he died trying to aid people that needed assistance after an earthquake.

What are your goals for the future?

My goals in the future are to go to college and play baseball and get my degree in political science. I would also like to get drafted and play in the minors. My dream is to play in the majors someday!

Joseph Holguin is a junior at Horizon Honors High School.

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