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Blizzard Foundation Player Spotlight: 12u Ben Healy

09/28/2016, 3:00pm CDT
By Jeff Huth, Minnesota Blizzard

Ben Healy, Blizzard 12u Gold player, talks about superstition, good grades and the Bigs

Blizzard Foundation Player Spotlight: Ben Healy, Blizzard 12u Gold

By: Jeff Huth, Blizzard Foundation Director

Ben Healy can be found wearing his shark tooth necklace every night to bed before a big game.

“My only superstition I have is my necklace,” Healy said.  :The first night I wore it to bed I had a pretty good game the next morning. After that, I just wore it when I needed a little extra.”

It is a necklace that traveled from Mexico that seems to give Ben the extra edge he needs before heading out to the field.

You can find Ben Healy sporting a Blizzard jersey Sundays on the 12u gold team this fall playing in ScoutStop's Advanced Fall Baseball League (AFBL). Ben is the total package when it comes to baseball.

Coach Shawn Moses, a Blizzard coaching vet, used words like, “inspirational”, “team player”, and “motivator” when asked to describe Ben.

“He’s a type of guy ever team needs,” Moses said.  “Healy is terrific with his teammates.”

As a first-year player, Ben was asked what it means to play for the Blizzard.

“It’s a special thing,” Healy exclaimed.  “I heard good things about the Blizzard and I wanted to be a part of the best program in Minnesota.”

Although Healy has future aspirations to start for the Minnesota Twins, he understands the importance of a quality education as well.

“I have all A’s,” Healy said.  “But I work hard for them. I understand how important school is for me.”

He also has a couple of ideas for the game of baseball.

“I would love to speed up the game,” Healy explained.  “Every at-bat takes over a minute, and it gets to be a little long although I think we should get rid of the whole stepping out walking around thing. Stand in the box, and hit the ball.”

Although, a little of Healy’s competitive nature leaked out when asked about his siblings.

“Yeah, one brother is older and one is younger,” Healy stated.  “I can’t wait until I make it to the pros just so I can tell them, ‘I made it.’

Here’s to a good start with the Blizzard program!  You are on your way.

About the Blizzard Foundation

Mission Statement
The mission of The Blizzard Foundation is to serve and provide opportunity to youth and young adults via scholarship and education to inspire them to be outstanding citizens, students and athletes.

Philosophy – The Blizzard Big 5
The Blizzard Foundation's philosophy is that through the Blizzard Big 5, all youth and young adults can develop the leadership skills and tools needed to become valuable family, community, and team members.

  • Responsibility - it is necessary to accept responsibility for our actions. With this acceptance, one has the ability to shape and predict their outcomes for all life situations.
  • Loyalty – we need to stay loyal to our faith, family, friends and organization that becomes part of our life.
  • Humility – we strive to express humility and class through positive body language, regardless of the circumstances.
  • Synergism – the total is greater than the sum of its parts.
  • Kaizen – one needs to make continuous improvements, every day, working toward a larger goal

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