Jackson County Executive Frank White recently spoke to students in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program at Lee’s Summit North High School.
White — a Royals Hall of Famer, Gold Glove second baseman, and major league former coach — focused on the importance of education and developing a good work ethic.
He told his own story of baseball success, which came despite a late start. White did not play competitive baseball growing up nor in high school or college. Instead, his major league dream started with a tryout at the now-defunct Royals Baseball Academy.
Playing his way through the minor leagues, he switched positions several times while navigating slumps and tough times.
Eventually, he was named the American League Championship Series MVP in 1980 and helped the Royals when the franchise’s first World Series title in 1985.
White also talked about passion and a drive to be the best, even if it means missing out on some leisure, as well as the importance of surrounding yourself with people who challenge themselves and also want the best.
AVID is a global nonprofit that aims to close the achievement gap by preparing students for college and other opportunities after high school.
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