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Announcing our REACH Keynote Speaker – Mike Sweeney

sweeneyMike Sweeney is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) first baseman and designated hitter. Drafted in 1991, Mike played his first 13 seasons with the Kansas City Royals, first as a catcher and then at first base. In his 19 year, MLB career, Mike also played for the Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners and Philadelphia Phillies.

In 2000, Mike was selected to his first of five, American League All-Star Game nominations and, in 2001, Mike was named the American League Player of the Month with a .794 slugging percentage. In 2011, Mike retired from baseball and now works as a special assistant for the Kansas City Royals. He was introduced into the Royals Hall of Fame on August 15, 2015.

A devout Catholic, Mike has always let his faith lead his actions on and off field. In 2003 and 2004 he was voted the Good Guy in Sports by The Sporting News and in 2005 he was named the winner of the Player’s Choice Man of the Year Award for his on-field performance and off-field commitment to various charitable causes.

sweeney2In 2002 Mike married Shara Nettles, the daughter of former Major Leaguer, Jim Nettles and is blessed with five children, Michael, McKara, Donovan, Fiona and Quinn. In 2006, Mike’s strong conviction to services above self, inspired he and Shara to found The Mike and Shara Sweeney Family Foundation. The mission of the Sweeney Family Foundation is to bring youth into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Mike and Shara believe that sharing three basic themes of love, family and youth development are the best use of their time, talent and treasure. Tying their love of baseball with their understanding that all things come from Christ, Mike and Shara host Catholic baseball camps all across the United States. Mike is also the Advisory Chairman of the Catholic Athletes for Christ and spokesman for Life Teen, the largest Catholic Youth Ministry program in the United States.

It goes without saying that Mike and Shara are stewards among us. It is with tremendous gratitude that we welcome Mike as our REACH Auction Keynote Speaker. Thank you Mike and Shara for sharing your love of Christ with our community.

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