A Coach in the Making: Local Youth Involved in Multiple Sports

Swampscott High sophomore Spencer Mulvey has volunteered in baseball, lacrosse and basketball as part of his St. John's religious education program.


Spencer Mulvey, a sophomore at  Swampscott High School and a St John’s Religious Education student, is fulfilling his community service requirements by volunteering his knowledge in three sports as a coach and mentor.

In order to satisfy his confirmation requirements at St. John's, he must give at least 20 hours of service to the community.

As a past All-Star player for Swampscott-Nahant Babe Ruth, Mulvey volunteered his time this past fall with Jack Beermann, who had several orientation practices for Little League players moving up to the big diamond.

Saying, "It’s real baseball now," Spencer showed the younger players how to take leads and pick-off moves to first, second and third bases. The players also get to run around the bases a full 90-feet, and get used to throwing the ball the longer distances.

In lacrosse, varsity Coach Josh Fields asked for volunteers in fall clinics for 5 weeks to instruct grade school and middle school students. Once again, Spencer Mulvey stepped up and showed the younger players how to pick up the ball, cradle it, shoot and pass.

Most recently, Swampscott-Nahant Youth Basketball was in need of adult volunteers. When none stepped up, Coach Anthony Venuti of the 8th grade travel team asked Spencer to help.

Along with Venuti's son Jake, also a sophomore at Swampscott High School, both were able to run practices and some games this season. Coach Venuti said “Spencer has been great with kids, showing them skills and drills.  He has been an asset to me and the team”.

This coming fall, Spencer will proceed with his confirmation at St John’s. He has said he wants to continue to donate his time to the younger players in town.

This article was submitted by Bryan Greenbaum


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