Male Athlete of the Month: Trevor Ballard

By Balinda Zimmerman
Trevor Ballard was born March, 2000 to Kim and Donnie Ballard at U of M hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has three siblings; identical twin brothers Kyle and Christian (12) and a sister, Alexis (5). He says he has lived in Milan since he was around age five.
Trevor has played sports since near as far back as he can remember. He began tackle football in third grade and played for Milan Youth League through 8th grade. He played baseball from age four through the 10th grade when he had to give it up for his AAU basketball. He had been pulled up to Varsity baseball at the end of his freshman year when the team went to the play-offs but due to a problem with his rotator cuff the following year, he ended up having to change his plans. He had to make the choice of basketball or baseball and basketball was, and is, his number one sport. 
Trevor has been on the Varsity basketball team since his sophomore year and one of the leaders of the team since that time as well. He has played basketball since around kindergarten at age five, and played with the AAU Michigan Warriors since 8th grade. 
Michigan Warriors are one of the top 5 Michigan teams within the AAU Boys Basketball Program whose website explains how they offer opportunities for boys 7U to 19U/12th grade, in all skill levels, to participate in basketball. AAU events are throughout the country, including Invitational’s, District Championships, Super Regional’s, and National Championships.
Trevor is in the Senior Wing taking additional courses of Computer Coding, Engineering, and Accounting, and is a member of the National Honors Society, carrying a 4.0 GPA. He has only taken one honors course, Honors Physics. He would like to study either Sports Management or Human Resource Management in college. He would like to combine his love of sports and his dream of business ownership by operating a business as a Project Manager, scheduling and operating sporting events. Having a family member in Human Resource Mgmt, he can additionally see where the human resource training would be a benefit as well.
His father, Donnie, was not into organized sports in school but was heavily involved in Gus Macker basketball tournaments. Gus Macker is the original 3-on-3 basketball tournaments that became popular in the 1990’s and is still a part of Michigan street ball.
Trevor’s basketball awards at MHS are 3 years All-Region and 3 years, 1st Team All-League. He says many people think he is one of those athletes that are arrogant and cocky because of his basketball skills, but he tries to remain humble and likes to think he has succeeded at doing so. He still likes to play pool and go bowling as well as playing video games. Trevor signed with Aquinas College on January 25, 2017 to continue playing his favorite game of basketball and do so at the next level

Balinda Zimmerman is owner/operator at Milan Memories by Minna, and a freelance writer for the Milan Eagle News. She can be reached at balindaz [at] comcast [dot] net

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