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Name: Joseph Calandra
School: Channel View High School
Position: infielder, catcher
Joseph Calandra is a sophomore baseball player at Channel View High School, and was a big reason why the team was division champs last season. Last year, Calandra led the Queens B South Division in batting with a .444 average (16-for-36), and was his team’s co-MVP. Calandra was also fourth in hits in the league, and finished third in stolen bases with 20. He plays shortstop, second base and catcher.
Besides his skills on the field, Calandra is a model student. He maintains a 94 percent average, and is one of nearly a dozen students chosen as part of the exclusive Crewlympics mentoring program in the high school. As part of the program, Calandra helps give academic and sports-related advice to students in the sixth through eighth grade, ensuring that they stay on the right track and succeed in middle school.
Calandra hasn’t thought much about which college he would like to attend, but believes that he will major in sports management, in case baseball doesn’t work out.
What are you able to accomplish as part of the Crewlympics program?
“I am able to work with other people and share my talents with others.”
Why is it important to you to help others?
“It feels good when you help someone succeed.”
Why is it significant to be good both on and off the field?
“Because good character off the field is what helped me with my game. If I’m not finishing my classes, I can’t play baseball, so I figure, let me get everything done and I’ll have no worries on the field.”
Why do you want to major in sports management?
“You’ve got to have a backup plan and I figure I could use my grades in a good way to stay around sports.”