In introducing you to Micheal Cruz, the talented outfielder at The MacDuffie School in Massachusetts, it is best to use his words when docmenting his journey from a young man in Puerto Rico to a college athlete at American International College this upcoming fall.
“The greatest challenge I have overcome was leaving my family/friends behind in Puerto Rico when I was 12 years old after my parent’s separation. I had to start a new life in the United States and also learn a new language. Throughout this journey, we also faced homelessness. We were moving from shelter to shelter and sometimes stayed in relative’s house. I had to switch schools multiple times and I also had to take a year off from baseball. After a couple years in the United States, I learned English and started excelling in my academics and on the baseball diamond. With hard work and dedication, I earned full scholarships to attend prep schools and eventually earned a scholarship to play at the Division 2 level,” Cruz shared.
“A person that inspires me is my mother Idaira Capeles,” Cruz continued, “I’ve seen this woman encounter so many hardships in life such as dealing with her disability (fibromyalgia) and homelessness. Throughout all these struggles, my mother has never given up on me or my little brother. She has taught me to always stay solid through any adversity and to always dream big. She is the main reason why I strive everyday to play at the next level.”
The courageous and determined athlete also gives immense credit to the selflessness and guidance of head baseball coach Neil Domer-Shank.