Recently, several pro athletes have been calling attention to the fact that the superstars we all look up to on TV are more than just athletes. Many of them give back to the community, enjoy hobbies outside of sports, and are involved in the business world. Calvert Clark is certainly an example of a young superstar who is far more than just the 19th ranked Class of 2022 baseball player in the country.
His ability to lead by example on the field is only part of what makes him such a unique prospect at a young age. At home, he likes to relax through playing the piano with his best song being “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur. Outside of playing the piano, his favorite artist is Alicia Keys and he enjoys watching the TV show “13 Reasons Why” as it is a great reminder to treat all people with respect because you never know what somebody is going through in life. His favorite class at Charlotte Christian School is Old Testament as he finds comfort in studying the word of God and often refers to Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Calvert’s grandfather introduced him to baseball on the front steps of their home in Queens, New York. They would play catch together routinely allowing Calvert to develop a deep passion for the game at a young age. Despite growing up experiencing an incredible amount of success on the field, Calvert still looks back on the time he was able to spend playing catch with his grandfather as his some of his favorite memories in sports.
As a member of the highly scouted Team Elite 15u Prime, some of Calvert’s best moments on the field have come over the summer. Most notably in a 14u WWBA elimination game when he went 2-2 with a go ahead home run late in the game. Calvert recalls the count being 1-0 when he took a juicy fastball high and inside making it 1-1, “I stepped out thinking he would go to his changeup because I knew he had a good one, but he repeated with a high fastball and this time I got the barrel out in front and hit it over the left field fence about 320 feet. When I came to home plate with my teammates waiting for me I was the happiest 7th grader I could be.” There’s no doubt that Calvert woke up and crushed his lucky breakfast of a bagel, scrambled eggs and bacon with apple juice that morning like he does before every summer baseball game.
While Calvert’s favorite player may be New York Yankee Aaron Hicks, his style of play is most similar to that of Matt Kemp. Both outfielders who have powerful, high finishing swings and the ability to turn on the jets when they need to. Calvert plans to continue his basketball career through high school, however, his ultimate goal is to play in the major leagues and give back to his family, who he credits for all of his opportunities and success.
Having already received offers from UNC Charlotte, Kentucky and Miami; we are confident that this young man has an incredibly bright future ahead and we are looking forward to seeing footage of all his best moments on Press Sports. Become a fan of Calvert on the app @Calvert.Clark4.