Last summer while watching one of my favorite shows, Quick Pitch on MLB Network, I came across a commercial for the MLB Action Team. I was immediately drawn to the idea of helping the community and interacting with Major League Players. I then made it a mission of mine to establish an Action Team at my high school in Los Angeles, California. I initially believed with about 4,000 students at my high school, that it would be extremely easy to develop and grow an Action Team. However, what I soon came to realize was that with so many different clubs and organizations, it can be hard to stand out.

In our first semester, we had only one event, a toy drive for Guide Dogs of America. At the start of the second semester, I began to feel as though my efforts were fruitless. Thankfully, after some final motivation from family and Lyman Smith of the Action Team, I decided to give it one last shot. Within one month, I turned the club from a feeble 5 members to a solid and growing 30 members and we even became the Action Team of the Month in March.

I have learned a great deal from this endeavor. Do not give up just because of a few hurdles! One day success will come and you will see all of your hard work pay off. I believe my biggest mistake early on was that I expected too much of my fellow students. I now know that you do not need other students to carry your Action Team, just your own diligence and indefatigable effort. The best Action Team you can create will come from within, so DREAM BIG and soon your Team can be strong and prosperous too.

–Blake, El Camino High School