ST. EUSTATIUS – Marshel Herman left the island on Friday accompanied by his mother Makeba Mitchell. She travelled with him to help him settle in at college.
He will be attending Lake Region State College in North Dakota on a baseball scholarship. He will be playing for the school as a pitcher and first baseman.
He was scouted by NB Scouting. Local contact on the island is Island Elite Sports Foundation. Island Elite Sports Foundation in collaboration with C5T Academy in the US had trained and arranged for Hermen and another young man D’Shandre Turner to travel to the US to take part in a college showcase. The showcase was successful for both young men and they both received offers from colleges.
At the F.D. Roosevelt Airport, family members and friends were present to see Hermen and his mom off. Hermen is the first out of 7 players to depart his island to start collegiate journey, said Chairman and President of Island Elite Sports Foundation Alex Arndell.
Hermen arrived in North Dakota on Saturday evening. Herman has played a variety of sports, he has swam in competitions, he played for the softball on Young Kingz and Thunderz teams for the St. Eustatius Softball Association, played basketball with the Diker Sports Training Academy, and played volleyball with the St. Eustatius Volleyball Association, as well as baseball, soccer, track and field.
Herman trained twice per day, morning and afternoon to be ready for college. Herman said that he is very excited about starting this journey and he was only surprised to be met by the 8 inches of snow on North Dakota on his arrival.
Herman said that he is very excited with his new school and team mates.
He had his first team meeting on Sunday, met the coach and had orientation. His classes started on January 9.
Commissioner of Culture, Youth and Sport Derrick Simmons stated to Herman that this is a tremendous opportunity for a small island. Commissioner Simmons said: “Marshel, you are leaving to do something quite special and I am happy that you have this opportunity, so make good use of it”. “There will be some hard days, but I encourage you to see it through”.
Arndell said a special thanks to Herman’s mother; Makeba Mitchell. He said that after she has been there for her son 24/7. And during his training she took it up a notch.
When Arndell was asked how he felt, he said “once the success of Herman starts to show that is where I might react with excess joy”. Positive results is what Arndell is looking for and expecting of not only Herman but all their players that is when people will see his emotions.
The organisation now has 1 out of 7 players that have started their collegiate journey. “We have 6 other committed players, Herman is just the first to leave and start school”, Arndell said. The other players are scheduled to start later this summer.
On January 28 and 29, Island Elite Sports Foundation will be having a mini camp on the island of Statia. This is the same type of camp that Herman attended to be able to be scouted by a school. This will enable other hopeful athletes to have the opportunity to be scouted.
Athletes from Anguilla, Statia, French and Dutch St. Maarten are registered to take part in the mini camp. Currently there are 32 persons that plan to travel and/or take part in the mini camp. Only 5 persons are registered from Statia. Originally 14 people signed up, but only 5 came, Arndell said.