Mott Hyde - Baseball
Eighteen-year-old Mott Hyde was born in Saudi Arabia but raised in Calhoun, Georgia. His family consists of major sports fans, which has led him to pursue a future in baseball. His parents, Lamar and Esmi, got him started in baseball by the age of four. Although Mott's brother did not follow the athletic road, his studies have led him to be a successful Optometrist. Mott played baseball for Calhoun High School where he set many school and state baseball records. He now attends Georgia Tech to try to further his baseball and academic future. Mott spends the majority of his time juggling baseball, academics, and a social life.
Q: Why do you identify yourself with an extra-curricular activity?
A: Baseball takes up a majority of my life, and I believe identity can be described as just that.
Q: Who was involved with your decision to identify yourself with your extra-curricular activity?
A: I was the only one involved with making this decision. No one knows your identity better than yourself.
Q: If you couldn't choose what you did, what would you have chosen to identify yourself with?
A: I probably would have chosen hunting if I did not choose baseball.
Q: What is the single most important aspect of your life that has been affected by your extra-curricular activity?
A: One thing that has been affected in my life due to baseball would have to be my personality and the way I think about things. I believe baseball has made me learn life lessons and made me an overall better person.
Q: What is your favorite thing about your extra-curricular activity? Least favorite?
A: My favorite thing about baseball is playing in front of and meeting new people. My least favorite thing about baseball would have to be the many hours I have to invest into it. Although I love playing baseball, I would enjoy a break every now and then.
Since Mott has been playing baseball from such a young age, he feels that baseball defines him because of the large time commitment that is required to chase his dream. This idea correlates with Yo-Yo Ma's idea from Faces of America in the fact that Ma has been playing the cello since he was four years old. This amount of dedication to one area of his life is why he chooses to define himself by baseball.