Los Angeles Angels outfielder Cameron Maybin has not forgotten the meaning of home as he continues to make giving back to young local lives a priority.
“He is extremely talented as an athlete, so coming out of here and making millions of dollars, he understands that his skills and abilities took him there. Now, he’s giving back to not only young athletes, but people in the community with his Maybin Mission,” said Parisi athletic trainer Colby Harris.
Maybin has been involved in many charitable events to give back to his hometown of Asheville. In 2016, Maybin and his wife began “The Maybin Mission” which focuses on enriching the lives of inner city youth. The Maybin Mission reaches thousands of kids through athletics, education and other programming.
Words from peers, trainers and young players are another thing that exemplify his character.
“[With Cameron], I think of humility. This year we talked a lot about humility and how it is really hard for a professional athlete. His big focus was humility this year, and you can see it in what he did in the Maybin Mission,” Harris said.
According to junior and baseball player Aaron McKeithan, the words ‘inspiration,’ and ‘legend’ come to mind when Maybin’s name is brought up. But from the viewpoint of a trainer, Harris has a different word in mind.
“‘Intense’ would be the description of Cameron as both a person and an athlete. He’s really passionate and he cares about preparation for the season. He is very intentional and meticulous, and that’s how he does his whole life,” Harris said.
Maybin hosted an inaugural community baseball program at UNC Asheville on Saturday, Jan. 21. It was two hours and held for 8-12 year olds in Buncombe County. Cameron and his Maybin Mission paid for the entire event. Kids from around Asheville were each given a chance to interact with Cameron personally. During the event he was committed to go around to every group and personally say hello to every kid.
“He has a huge heart, especially when it comes to young kids. He wants to put a smile on their faces, and if you ever get a chance to meet him, he does a great job with it. He’s a 30 year old guy but is probably a 15-year-old when he’s on the baseball field. His true colors come out when he’s on that field,” said head UNCA baseball coach Scott Friedholm.
Maybin localizes his donation even more by giving directly to the baseball team at Roberson. According to Harris, Maybin’s presence and the fact that he was a 10th overall pick in the MLB Draft draws a lot of attention to the sports programs at Roberson.
“He helps the baseball team individually; the younger Roberson kids are seeing what he’s doing through the Maybin Mission and are building onto that legacy,” McKeithan said.
Maybin graduated from Roberson in 2005 and was named the NC Gatorade Player of the Year. He also was a runner up for National Player of the Year in 2004. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound switch hitter has stats and titles to prove his ability on the field. His ability to inspire young players showcases his effectiveness off the field as well.
“His mission work reflects back on Roberson by putting our baseball program in a positive light since he’s a product of that. It shows how much the he really does care about the community,” said senior baseball player Garrett Blaylock.
This past December, Maybin was involved in a holiday project which partnered with the Boys and Girls Club and the local Salvation Army. Maybin partnered with children in the organization during the holiday season and provided them with Christmas gifts. This project was special for Maybin as it is both personal and sentimental because of his own club membership with the Boys and Girls Club growing up.
“He’s very humble and compassionate. From a mom’s point of view, of course I think he’s a great guy. But he really is a great guy. It’s not all just for show. What you see if what you get. What you see is what you get,” said Maybin’s mother.