The Upper Keys Weekly is proud to partner with the Coral Shores Athletic Department to highlight this week’s “Canes Sports Standout.” Recipients are chosen on qualifications of academic excellence, academic standing and community involvement. We thank our future leaders and the CSHS Athletic Department for allowing us to share a little “Hurricane Pride.”

MARIO MENENDEZ 

The four-year basketball and baseball player says his athletic experiences have taught him life lessons and the notion that “not everything is going to go your way.” Menendez is a two-time recipient of the coach’s award in basketball and the coach’s award and MVP in baseball. His favorite athletic moment as a Cane is from his junior year, when the team beat Marathon in overtime. His favorite sport is basketball because “the people I look up to are basketball players, and they taught me a lot.” He plans to work in the summer and attend a community college. He ultimately hopes to get into the medical field and physical training for sports. Along with his talents and skills on the court and the baseball field, Menendez says he’s a skilled video gamer who knows how to cook and dress. His advice to younger athletes? “Do not take it for granted. Grind while you have the chance and enjoy it while you’re here because once it’s gone you are going to wish you did things differently.” Menendez said he hopes to be remembered as the kid who always gave it his all and never stood down to any challenge that came his way.

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