- Ben Karlin
- The Weber School, senior
Ben Karlin has a record of starting new endeavors.
During his freshman year, he was the starting pitcher for the Weber School baseball team’s first-ever state playoff game. That same year, when he did not see a quality, baseball summer camp he wanted his younger brother to participate in, he started a new one with his friend Joseph Brickman.
Not only does Ben start anew, he finishes what he starts. He just completed his third year running the baseball camp, and has now made it to three state playoff games with his Georgia Independent School Association region 1-AAA team at Weber.
Weber head baseball coach Patrick Wright describes Ben as a team leader “both on and off the field.”
“When I first came to Weber, he was a young, eager sophomore still learning things, but he has developed into a mature, young man,” Wright said. “He has done a great job leading in both the classroom and the weight room.”
In addition to being a pitcher at Weber in the spring, Ben has participated on traveling teams during the fall and summer since he was 13, most recently playing for the last three years with the 643 DP Jaguars.
Ben, who was the captain of the Weber Rams for the 2013 season, started playing catch with his dad when he was 2 or 3 years old, and has loved sports ever since.
“When I was younger, I played baseball, basketball and soccer, but I decided that baseball was my favorite and the one I wanted to pursue,” said Ben.
Through his summer camp and by teaching private lessons on pitching, hitting and fielding, he has worked to pass his passion on to others.
The camp has grown from 10 participants to 21 in only three years, and he hopes to keep it up through college and expand it from one week into two separate, week-long sessions.
“It has been a great learning experience,” Ben said. “Each year it has become easier knowing what to do, how to plan it, how to send emails to parents, and how to work with the kids.”
When he is not exercising his school spirit on the field, Ben works as a “student ambassador” to encourage younger kids to consider attending Weber. He visits middle schools, escorts visiting students to classes, and works to get to know students looking at the school.
“Weber is a great place, and I really love it and want to get as many people to go to the school as possible,” said Ben.
Ben plans to play baseball in college, and is looking for a school with strong academics where he can possibly study psychology or economics. Inspired in part by an entrepreneurship class at Weber, he hopes to ultimately find a job that combines his passions for business and baseball.
This article was reported and written by Mollie Simon, a rising senior at Chamblee High School.