Frank White Jr., Jackson County executive and former Kansas City Royals player and coach, spoke to students enrolled in the AVID (Advancement by Individual Determination) program at Lee’s Summit North High School on Nov. 3.
Mr. White’s presentation focused on the importance of education and work ethic. He shared his own story related to his success as a American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player and member of the 1985 World Series winning Royals. Mr. White did not play competitive baseball growing or in high school or college. He learned about the Royals Baseball Academy, which developed players for the team at the time, and went for a tryout. Working his way through the minor league, he switched positions several times while continuing to work through slumps and tough times.
He also talked about passion and a drive to be the best even if it means missing out on some “fun.” In addition, he shared the importance of surrounding yourself with people who challenge them and also want the best.