Vernon Williams, III
DIRECTOR OF BASEBALL - VALLEJO DIVISION
Since he can remember, Vernon has loved playing the game of baseball! From his little league team (Steve Hopkins Honda, Fairfield, CA) who won a consecutive sixty-three (63) games over 3 years, to his high school team (Fairfield High School) that was ranked 26th in the country in 1992, or his American Legion team (Solano Concrete, Fairfield, CA) that made their first appearance on the national scene representing Fairfield, CA in 1993 at the American Legion World Series, finishing 5th in the country; Vernon has been a winner!
In 1994, his lifelong dream of becoming a Major League Baseball player came one step closer when he was drafted by the New York Yankees. However, being raised by a single parent, wise counsel suggested that he continue the pursuit of his baseball career at the Division I collegiate level. After playing in the State of California Junior College All-Star game as a freshman, the next spring he received a full ride scholarship to New Mexico State. In New Mexico, he played a short time. Then, his life changed….
Today, as a Social Entrepreneur, Vernon is the Executive Director of Mass Movement Mentoring (M3), and considered an authority on youth leadership development and criminal justice reform. Since 2007 Vernon has dedicated his life to “reaching the unreachable” and “teaching the unteachable”. But, make no mistake, Vernon has been there. Whether it was playing the street game, the drug scene or even prison life. But through life changing events he has come out the other side a winner. Through his powerful story, combined with practical experience, hard won life lessons, and the possession of a sound education he has overcome and assembled a formidable message for reaching today’s teens. As a keynote speaker, Vernon is in demand for audiences of all ages and cultures, but his message has a special resonance with the male youth in our urban communities.
As it pertains to his continued love for baseball, in 2016 Vernon received the honor of being inducted into the Fairfield Expos Baseball Association’s (FEBA) player Hall of Fame; the highest honor from a nationally recognized elite youth baseball organization. His passion is to inspire young men to achieve their maximum potential in life through the lessons learned from the game of baseball!