In 2015, Michael and two of his best friends launched an idea with a shared vision of a world united and transformed through the unifying power of sport. They believe that when youth learn how to play together, they can also learn how to coexist and live in the world peacefully. In 2017, their nonprofit organization Share One Love began focusing on working with incarcerated youth. In the United States, incarcerated youth are plagued with the effects of racism, poverty, and mental health issues, which are exacerbated by the current juvenile justice system, leaving them ill prepared to reenter society. Share One Love aims to address this problem by using a sport curriculum designed to teach life skills and strategies that allow youth to be authors of their lives after incarceration.
"Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny." -Lao Tzu
A bit about Michael
Born at a very young age, Michael came into this world looking to conquer his young age one year at a time. With 25 years of substantial progress, Michael is on track to beat his current record next August. After graduating high school, Michael had little interest in pursuing higher education so began working in the nuclear industry. Through his experience, he learned a lot about what he didn’t want to do in life and began looking how to connect his skills and interests. Since leaving the nuclear industry, Michael has been pursuing his bachelor’s degree, which led him to Watson where he continues to develop Share One Love. Michael loves spending time with his amazing family and friends. He doesn’t like ketchup and prefers his puns intended.