For the first winner of the Superintendent’s Inspiration Award last year, the St. Tammany Parish public school district honored New Orleans Saints player Michael Mauti, a Mandeville High School graduate.
This year, the school district switched sports.
Schools Superintendent Trey Folse named former LSU baseball player Cole Freeman, a Lakeshore High School graduate, as the 2018 winner.
Freeman was honored during the School Board’s meeting Feb. 8.
Freeman, a second baseman, was drafted in the fourth round by the Washington Nationals last June. Before joining LSU, Freeman was a star at Lakeshore near Mandeville, where he became the first Titans athlete to have his jersey retired, Folse said.
Undersized coming out of high school, the 5-foot-9-inch Freeman worked and scratched his way to LSU, taking a roundabout path through Delgado Community College, where his stellar play and constant hustle caught the eye of the Tigers’ coaches. That hustle led him to coin the phrase “the heart has no limit,” which has become his mantra.
“We should all remember that heart has no limit,” Folse said.
In thanking the school district for the award, Freeman gave the credit to his family.
“This award speaks volumes about my parents,” he said to loud applause.