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Louis Keith Collier, Milwaukee Brewers, 

November 8, 2001

Mr. Mayden was my high school coach at Chicago Vocational (CVS) High School. 
Over the years I have come to learn that he is able, talented, sincere and charismatic. 
His natural leadership, skills have made him the Pied-Piper of disadvantaged kids 
in the neighborhood. He’s the baseball coach. In short, as “MY COACH” 
he was a friend and positive role model for myself and many others. Sincerely,

Louis Collier 
Milwaukee Brewers,
Major League Baseball


November 20, 2003

Coach Mayden you deserve to be commended for the contributions 
that you have made to the community and our inner-city youth. 

Craig Christian Gant
Craig Christian Gant, CEO


 Los Angeles, CA 90036

December 3, 2003 

I have known Michael E. Mayden (The Coach) for over fifteen years. 
I have been impressed with his concerns for our children and with his ability 
to organize them into various sports program and other activities. He has been 
reliable and trustworthy. 
I am more than happy to be supporting him and this great program.

Sincerely yours,
Quincy Smith , Los Angeles, CA


December 26, 2003

Coach Mayden has stood as a land mark and a refuge for many 
Chicago area youth over the summer months from drugs, gangs, jail, and death. 

Xavier Burns
Pittsburgh Pirates

Michael Mckinnis Sr
5:59pm Jan 2, 2013  

Thanks coach for taking Elijah on the Christmas tourney in Florida He got some great 
experiences and says He had a great time. Appreciate everything you do. God bless you 
and have a great New Year 

Michael McKinnis Sr, Chicago, IL 
 Kendall Beckman Michael E. Mayden
Yesterday at 10:47am near Kingston, RI • 

Thank you Coach Mayden and Coach Mario for another great tournament experience  
Tayler once again had a great time! Thank you for all that you do for the boys!!! 

1/2/13, Kingston, RI 

11/29/2012, DeKalb, IL 
Mikey Frazier posted to Michael E. Mayden 

hey coach...hope all is well with you and i wish the best for you!!! its been 
a long time and i think about chicago all the time!!! you were one of the 
few peopel that ever gave me a chance and i wanted to thank you for that!!! 

9/2/2012, Flatwood, KY  
 Khalif Ali Michael E. Mayden
4 minutes ago  

whats up Mr Mayden. One of my Mentors growing up! I played my best Baseball with this coach!!! 

August 28, 2012, Chicago, IL  
From: rmxxxxx@yahoo.com
To: Whsn247@aol.com
Sent: 8/2/2012 3:34:43 P.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: Re: ON THE ROAD 

Hey Coach, 

My grandfather is doing better now. I didn't get to thank you for the experience 
for playing with this summer. I've never been on a team I enjoyed being around so 
much. I really appreciate the opportunity and i greatly appreciated it. 

Keverth Carmichael, East Point, GA  
From: bemxxxxx@xxxx.com
To: thecoach@whsn.org
Sent: 7/20/2012 5:52:53 A.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: Alex 
Dear Coach Mayden, 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving our son the opportunity to play 
on your travel team and opening the door to new college options for him! This has 
been a life changing event and your dedication to these players is commendable! 
Words cannot describe the happiness you have brought to our son and our family. 
Once again, thank you for allowing our son to be a part of your baseball family 
and a memorable summer! 

Mike and Holly Bembenek, Rosholt, WI  
from: goldglovebaseball801@hotmail.com
To: whsn247@aol.com
Sent: 5/6/2011 10:04:11 P.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: Testimony 

Coach Mayden,

Thanks for having me on your team this past summer. The chance I had to grow on 
your team and become more confident and experienced was huge in helping me develop 
as a player. I had a lot of fun playing good baseball, meeting people I would have 
never met if it wasn't for your team, and just living life on the road. I will never
forget my summer playing for Coach Mayden.

Thanks again, 

Kyler Jackson
Outfield/Middle Infield
West Jordan, UT 84088
From: m#######s@aol.com
To: Whsn247@aol.com
Sent: 1/1/2011 8:47:27 P.M. Central Standard Time

Thank you Coach Mayden and Staff. Kyndal really had a "Great" time, and is looking forward 
to playing on your summer traveling team, this season. 

Marisa Pringles, Brooklyn Park, MN 
From: julian#######r@yahoo.com
To: travelbaseball2011@whsn.org
Sent: 1/4/2011 6:01:03 P.M. Central Standard Time
Subj: [SPAM] Summer Ball 

Hey Coach Mayden and Coach King, This is Julian Coulter, and I just wanted to thank you 
once again, for the great experience I had with you guys and the team. Thanks once again, 
and I hope to hear from you soon. 

Julian Coulter, Minneapolis MN 
From: mkeith######r@yahoo.com
To: travelbaseball2011@whsn.org
Sent: 1/4/2011 6:49:34 P.M. Central Standard Time
Subj: [SPAM] Julian Coulter's Summer Baseball Confirmation 

To Coach Mayden and Shannon King, Julian's Christmas Tournament experience in Phoenix was
awesome. He enjoyed bonding with the fellas and gaining knowledge from the coaches and 
playing other talented players, so much so that he wants to play on the Summer Traveling 
Team. Thanks once again for a great event in Phoenix and I look forward to connecting 
with all of you soon.Take care, Michael and Julian Coulter. 

Michael Coulter, Minneapolis MN 
Fernard sent you a message. 

Fernard Reed Mike Mayden

Fernard Reed November 28, 2010 at 11:54am 

Subject: HEY COACH! 

Coach Mayden. I was looking at your interviews and I appreciate what you are doing for the 
youth and people who want to pursue baseball. I appreciate you coaching me and the things 
you taught me, not just about baseball, but some of those scenarios are also life scenarios. 
Unfortunately as I look back I didn't have the maturity level I feel as a ball player, I was 
skinny and felt I didn't have the proper nutrition, and my family income wasn't so great, but 
now I feel I am very mature and I just really appreciate you taken the time out for all of the 
guys when we was coming up. 

I definitely have the nutrition now, but now I am considered old in baseball which is 34. When 
I joined the Navy coach I was 126 pounds now I am at 200lbs, just wish I had the weight and 
maturity level back then. life has been great, I feel my life needed something like the Navy. I 
still love baseball, I throw and play catch and that's about it, but if someone out there is 
looking for a lefty to come in and get an out for them, call on me. lol! But I have been the Navy 
for 15 years and it's been good to me and my family. I am in VA (the Hampton Roads area), and a 
lot of baseball players come from this region. Just dropping by to show my appreciation and keep 
doing what you are doing. God Bless Coach. 

Fernard Reed, VA

From: goldglovebaseball801@hotmail.com
To: exposure911@aol.com
Sent: 11/11/2010 12:22:53 A.M. Central Standard Time
Subj: RE: Summer Travel Baseball Team & Life Skill Training 

Coach mayden,

You can put me down as a reference in future emails if you want to. I would love telling people 
about the team. 

Kyler Jackson
Outfield/Middle Infield
West Jordan, UT 84088 
Coach Mayden,
Frank and I want to let you know that we appreciate the opportunities you have given 
our sons.This is the 3rd year we have been involved with you and your organization. 
We feel you have always provided what you promised. You have given Evan, Garrett 
and Justin Price experience, skills and knowledge they would not have had staying 
in Montana. You are a good coach with vast experience and we are happy that you 
are willing to take the time to help these young men.

Thank You,
Vianna Larrabaster
Manhattan, Montana 
-----Original Message-----
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2010 22:35:03 -0700 (PDT)
From: jake madnick <jakovyXX@XXXXX.com>
Subject: Re: Fwd: Thank You For Coaching Our Kids !
To: Coachmayden@aol.com 

Coach Mayden is a wonderful man who has a ton of passion and love for the game and 
the kids on this team. Every kid on the team is very happy and is having a wonderful 
time. Playing in this program has been the best experience of my life. I have had 
the oppurtunity to expand my knowledge of baseball, meet friends that I will have 
for a lifetime, enjoy myself, and have the oppurtunity to play ball all over the 

Jake Madnick, Huntingdon Valley, PA 
Coach, We have had many talks and i know you help the boys and willing to help under 
privalaged boys play also. Trenton has learned a lot from you and has had once in a 
lifetime expeirences. Even if trenton didn't go to college to play ball, he has got 
to do some things most kids have not. So my family thanks you for all you do and i 
feel we have a life long friendship and if you need anything we will be there for you. 

David Woolridge, Farmer City, IL 

Coach Mayden and Coach King are
wonderful people and they do help the boys find schools 
----- Original Message ----- 
From: Mirek Sharp 
To: mrozinski6@XXXXXXXXX 
Sent: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 4:28 PM
Subject: Satchel Paige All-Stars 

Hey Rob my name is Mirek Sharp and I've just signed up to play for Coach Mayden this 
summer but I have a few questions and I wanted to get players opinions. I really want 
to play for Coach Mayden but I just want to make sure that this is the best place for 
me this summer. How competitive are the tournaments and the team? I live in Canada and 
up here we have a Single-A, Double-A, and Triple-A system. I think you have the same 
system down there and if so what level would you classify the competition at? If you 
don't then what do you think of the competition? Assuming that you want to play college 
baseball, is this the team that will help get you there? Do you have a lot of exposure 
to College scouts and coaches? Sorry for all the questions I just want to make sure 
about things.Thanks for your help man I appreciate it. 

Fergus Ontario, Canada 

From: mrozinski6XXXXXXX
To: msharp32@XXXXXXXXX
Subject: Re: Satchel Paige All-Stars
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2009 19:11:53 -0400 

Its cool man those are understandable questions. The competition is very intense and 
the team is as well. Im not familiar with your system that you guys have but I can tell 
you that it is probably the best competition you will see as a high schooler. This is your 
best chance of being seen by college scouts, coaches, and even pro scouts. I have had the 
best experience of my life on this team and you can bet ill be back this year. If you have 
anymore questions feel free to reply back. 

Robert Mrozinski, Woodstock, GA 30188 
----- Original Message ----- 

From: Mirek Sharp 
To: Robert Mrozinski 
Sent: Friday, March 20, 2009 12:19 PM
Subject: RE: Satchel Paige All-Stars 

Hey man thanks a lot for the reply it's a huge help. I'm officially playing for the team 
now so I'm really looking forward to it all. Thanks again, see you in Chicago or Lincoln! 

Coach, The week that Desmond spent with you was unbelievable and he is looking forward to 
playing with you this summer. You are a phenomenal coach and teacher and Dez and I want 
nothing more than for him to receive more of your coaching expertise. Contact as soon 
as possible. 

Jeff Lites, Philadelphia, PA 
-----Original Message-----
From: Mirek 
To: Coach Mayden <coachmayden@aol.com>
Subject: Thank You
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2009 12:49:04 -0500 

Merry Christmas Coach Mayden! Hope you're enjoying the Holiday Season and the 
Christmas tournament which starts today. I wish I could be there, but it was not 
feasible financially for me. I did E-Mail you to mention some great news which will 
be made official in January. I have accepted a full tuition scholarship offer from 
Carl Sandburg College, in Galesburg Illinois. 

I am going there to be in the middle-infield as well as pitch the odd inning if 
necessary. I could not have done any of this without you Coach. Even though I didn't 
do much hitting or infield work throughout the summer I learned more in the nightly 
teaching sessions than I had in 5 years of playing the infield. 

I put all the instruction you gave me in to play when my team went down to the Mid-West 
to play some of the top Junior College Division 2 College competition. I hit .250 in 
8 games with 3 RBI's and 3 stolen bases. 4 schools had interest in me from the trip. 
I played great against Carl Sandburg and the Coach offered me full tuition right after 
the game.  

I owe a lot of that to you Coach. You taught me so much about playing the infield from 
positioning to how to cover the holes in the infield. From a hitting standpoint I learned
what counts to look for certain pitches which really helped me going against College competition.
Make sure when you have your meetings with the kids this Christmas you tell them that I 
told them to pay attention to everything because it helped me land a scholarship, and it 
could do the same for them. I can't thank you enough Coach. Have a great Christmas tournament! 

Sincerely, Mirek, Fergus Ontario, Canada 

From: jmadnick@xxxxxx.com
To: coachmayden@aol.com
Sent: 10/27/2015 4:31:32 P.M. Central Daylight Time

Coach Mayden, 

Hey Coach Mayden it is Jake Madnick, long time no talk! I was watching some of the old video's the other day and miss the heck out of you and the guys from the team. Since I last saw you when I was 16 years old I was able to graduate high school and college, while fulfilling my dream of playing college baseball at Philadelphia University for 4 years. I credit a lot of my baseball IQ due to the classroom meetings we had that summer. The experiences I had playing for the Satchel Paige All Stars will never be forgotten.

I graduated college in the summer. Let's set up a time to talk further, I would love to hear from you. Coach Mayden, you can call me at my direct line here at work. My number is 484-567-XXX, or on my cell phone, 215-605-XXX. I hope all is well, and I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Jake L. Madnick

Sean Emmett
June 25, 2015

Somebody asked me today, "How did I learn to lead?" My answer was on the baseball field. I learned to lead by men who taught me to play a sport that I love. They trusted me enough to let me make decisions and mistakes. They were hard on me. They loved me enough to not allow me to fail (at least not believe I was a failure). I'm so thankful because of men like Mr. Jackson, Mr. Smith, Michael E. Mayden. These men taught me more about life than I will ever fully understand. I'm forever thankful for these men. ‪#‎rolemodels‬‬‬‬

From: +1773XXXXXX@tmomail.net
To: coachmayden@aol.com
Sent: 8/4/2016 12:35:01 A.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: Fwd:

Hey coach, not sure how it came up, but I was just reminiscing with my wife about being a part of your program. Thanks for all the great memories. Here's a pic of my boys, are there any 4u travel teams? Jk  

Josh Locks
Chicago, IL 
Played for Coach Mayden 15 years ago

From: +1773xxxxxxxx@tmomail.net
To: coachmayden@aol.com
Sent: 8/2/2016 11:15:41 P.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: (no subject)

Hey coach Mayden I just wanna say Thnk you for letting me play this summer.

Thnk you so much it was an amazing experience to play with you and the guys and the comp it was great and I feel like it's really gonna help me for next year at the next level once again Thnk you !

Zach Buesk
Whiting, IN

From: +1773xxxxxxx@tmomail.net
To: coachmayden@aol.com
Sent: 8/2/2016 7:51:23 P.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: (no subject)

Thanks coach hope to see you soon thanks for a good summer!

Tyler Carter 
Marthasville, MO 

From: sxxxxxxx73@gmail.com 
To: Coachmayden@aol.com
Sent: 1/26/2016 2:02:17 P.M. Central Standard Time
Subj: Re: All Star Game

Hi Coach Mayden!

Thank you for the link you sent us and most importantly, I would like to give you a very big and sincere "THANK YOU" for all that you have done and continue to do for my Oscar! It's been a long overdue thank you so I'm sorry for the delay as I sometimes get sidetracked due to my hectic schedule.  

I'm so happy that destiny (mainly God) put you in our path as this has helped Oscar become a better person with all the experience, your encouragement and positive things you have made possible for him in this short period of time that we have known you! He really thinks highly of you as I do! May you continue to be blessed with all your knowledge, opportunities & possibilities at your reach so that you may continue to help many more boys like Oscar! Thanks again and may you have a blessed rest of the year!

Sandra Acevedo
Aurora, IL