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“Here at Michigan, Olympians coach me. Nobel Prize winners lecture me. I eat lunch with All-Americans. In the athletic training room, I sit next to Big Ten champions. I meet with prize-winning authors during their office hours. I take class notes next to American record-holders. I walk to class with members of national championship teams. I open doors once opened by Oscar-winning actors, former Presidents and astronauts ... it's all in the day of a Michigan student-athlete.”
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My hometown of Flint, Michigan has a long, fantastic history of great athletes and sports teams, but football and basketball always received the most attention, baseball was maybe a distant third on the list. So, when I arrived on the U-M campus I was proud of my on-field accomplishments, but unsure how I would match up with highly recruited ballplayers from all over the midwest. U-M's baseball coach Bud Middaugh and his staff pushed me and our entire team to believe that we could compete with anyone at the collegiate level. Michigan's resources allowed us to have the finest equipment and facilities. Our teams traveled around the country, playing against some of the very best programs in America, giving us the confidence necessary to come home and compete for Big Ten championships. We truly felt as though we were part of something special. Looking back now I can hardly believe that I would go on to have the chance to play on an Olympic team, win a gold medal, and spend 10 years in Major League Baseball. I know in my heart none of that would have been possible without the University of Michigan.
Michigan is everything. The support system that we have here is amazing. The Michigan tradition is unbelievable. It is so awesome to be able to go back to your alma mater and not just run into teammates, but run into all the people that have been behind you during your four years of college. And you know all those people are still behind you. From my coaches to the entire athletic department to other teams, Michigan is my family.
I came to Michigan in the summer of 2006 straight from Israel to fulfill my lifelong dream to swim for Michigan. The saying ‘strike the iron when it’s hot’ is probably most suitable to describe my collegiate career, as I was constantly challenged by my coaches and teammates to become a ‘Michigan Man,’ a term only one who’s been part of a special team can understand. Although that constant day-to-day challenge made me an Olympian and a chemical engineer, the greatest achievement from my time at Michigan was learning how to become a better person, the gradual result of always striving to do better for the team while doing the same in the classroom.
My time as a student-athlete on the men’s gymnastics team taught me the importance of preparation, time management, a strong work ethic and confidence. I know that these traits helped during my time competing and I believe that this foundation will continue to serve me throughout my professional development. I was also privileged enough to make great life-long friends and learn from the Michigan coaches, staff and administrators. Finally, I feel immensely honored at having had the opportunity to compete for the Maize and Blue, to have had a part in continuing the tradition of the Block M, and have had the chance to sing ‘The Victors’ with my teammates.