TAMPA – You don’t know Michael Mullins yet, but give him a few years, and there is a good chance you will.
Michael is a seventh-grader at Cambridge Christian School. He wants to be a sports broadcaster or a veterinarian. He has plenty of time to decide. At 12, he’s a key to the broadcast of Cambridge Christian sports. He is right up there in the press box at Skyway Park for CC home games, working the scoreboard and helping with the game broadcasts, which are streamed online.
He’s part of a team at CC that makes sure that Lancer fans get the game online if they can’t make it in person. Ninth-grader Kevin Garcia runs the camera, and McKenzie Heller and Benjamin Block, both seventh-graders, also help.
Michael wants to get on the air and former Lancers assistant coach Carl Smith, who is the voice of the Lancers, said Michael is not far away from broadcasting his first game.
“Michael has taken to this and with a little work, he should be ready by basketball season,” said Smith, who broadcasts most of the CC games online. “He knows what he is talking about and he’s getting better.”
Michael’s father, Eric, said Michael would rather be on the field, playing rather than watching. Michael plays baseball and soccer, and loves to play. He doesn’t watch much sports, but when he’s playing, he’s at his happiest. Michael’s brother, Matt, earned all-county honors at CC and now plays for Eckerd College.
“I really like sports,” said Michael, who gets almost all A’s at CC. “I like everything about it, running the camera, helping Coach Smith, and working the templates. It’s fun and, once I get some practice, I am ready to try to do a whole game.”
While Michael waits for his turn on the air, he also spent two years doing news on the CC morning report. He, like all new reporters, did a lot of everything, covering school news, sports and weather. He also worked as a director.
His big break came when Smith came into the cafeteria one day to see if anyone would be interested in helping out in the press box.
“It sounded interesting,” Michael said. “I wanted to give it a try.”
“He does a little bit of everything,” Smith said. “We’ll give him his chance. We are the only school that has a program like this, so it’s nice to see something like the kids that come out of it with career goals in mind.”
Eric Mullins said that, while Michael is somewhat quiet, broadcasting might be the perfect job.
“He wants to play instead of watch the games, but he knows what he’s talking about and I think it’s a great fit.”
Michael said that being a veterinarian is still his goal – for now.
“We’ll see,” he said. “I want to be a vet, but being in broadcasting would be fun. We’ll see how I do after Coach Smith let’s me do a game.”
Cambridge Christian games can be seen on www.playonsports.com. Check the National Federation of High School Sports Network and type in Cambridge Christian. The games can be watched as reruns at any time.