As a franchisor of preschools, Little League coach, AYSO coach and City Council Member, Sanjay Gehani understands the challenges of finding ways to be present and make quality time with his six-year-old son. The Foster City Little League Board Member has experienced first-hand how much baseball can help in that area.
“My parents attended every single baseball, basketball, and soccer game I played in growing up,” Gehani said. “We would practice together during the week, prepare for the games over breakfast on the weekends, and discuss the outcome of the games over dinner. Sports, and baseball in particular, was a great way for my parents and I to stay connected.”
Interestingly, Gehani had to find the game himself because his family didn’t have any experience with it, and he’s incredibly glad that he did.
“My father never played baseball growing up,” he said. “His interest in baseball peaked with my involvement. For any child, it is more important to know parents care about what you are doing versus having deep knowledge about the activity itself.
“Whether serving as a coach or sitting in the stands supporting the team, baseball is a vehicle to bond and make memories that will last forever with your child. It is truly an amazing way to leave a lasting legacy.”
With the support of his family, Gehani kept playing beyond Little League. And his parents kept watching. They saw him develop into a strong player – he starred at Burlingame High School and was named 1st Team All-League – but more than that, they saw him learn the important life skills necessary for life after baseball.
“Baseball is a great way to learn the value of working hard, setting goals, working as a team, overcoming failure, staying positive and learning how to become a leader,” he said. “It builds community, lasting friendships and sharpens focus and commitment.”