Troy White pictured with Rachel Robinson, the wife of Jackie Robinson, at the 2012 Jackie Robinson Foundation Award Dinner. White was presented the Nike Award at the banquet for his work with youths in Chicagoland.
Whether its on the diamond, or in the classroom, Northern Illinois baseball has received its fair share of acclaim with Head Coach Ed Mathey at the helm of the program. Players hard work through adversity off the field has also been documented.
Former Huskie and inner-city Chicago native Troy White (2009-12) became an All-MAC third baseman for the Huskies and ranks amongst the top-10 all-time in program history in several categories, including hits, triples, RBI and sacrifice flies. Despite being drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 48th round in 2008, White had no Division I offers to play baseball. After being invited to walk-on to the program, White would go on to garner national attention at NIU as he was honored as a Jackie Robinson Scholar by the Jackie Robinson Foundation in 2010. White was later featured on the television program "The Real Winning Edge," in The Chicago Tribune and in Sports Illustrated for his inspirational story and as a Jackie Robinson Scholar. White now works for the Chicago White Sox organization in their Client Services department.
The following is an excerpt from The Chicago Tribune on April 12, 2012 by Phil Hersch on Troy White
For a top high school baseball player in the Chicago Public League, the path to stay in the game is hard to find.
Colleges recruiting city kids focus on basketball and football. The few Chicago baseball players who get to Division I teams wind up at mid-major schools, generally close to home.
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