Saturday, August 25th - 6:30 p.m.
University Center Club
About The Event
The Steak & Burger Dinner incorporates an evening of good food, great entertainment and interaction with our Boys & Girls Club members at each table. As adults eat juicy mouth-watering hamburgers, our Club members will be treated to a special Steak
Dinner. Each table will consist of six adults joined by two Club members so that the event attendees learn about our Club members in a unique setting.
About The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Bend
Our mission is "to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Bend (BGCBB) is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that serves the needs of hundreds of children and teenagers in the Big Bend area. BGCBB provides a positive and safe environment and a compelling alternative to drugs, crime and gang involvement. Children and teenagers across the Big Bend area are albe to take advantage of the organizations youth development programs.
BGCBB never turns a child away because of past trouble with the law or because of a family's inability to pay; the organization has limited scholarship opportunities, provided on a first-come, first-serve basis that allow families with restricted incomes to benefit from our programs. with more than 1,200 registered members (2017), BGCBB impacts hundreds of young people every day after school and all day, Monday through Friday, during the summer. BGCBB's youth development programs have five core program areas: Character and Leadership Development - Education and Career Development - Health and Life Skills, The Arts - Sports, Fitness and Recreation. BGCBB is creating Great Futures not only for its members, but for the Big Bend community as a whole. As BGCBB members grow into adults, they will become community leaders and will be better able to make key decisions because of their upbringing in the Boys & Girls Club.
About This Year's Speaker
Michael D. Martin Sr. is the head baseball coach of the Florida State Seminole baseball team. Martin is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I college baseball history, and second in all-time winning percentage. After the 2018 season, Martin had compiled a record of 1,987 wins, 713 losses and four ties over 39 seasons of collegiate coaching. On May 5, 2018, Martin reached 1,976 career wins, surpassing legendary coach Augie Garrido.
Martin, a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, began his collegiate playing career at Wingate Junior College where he was a Junior College All-American. He then transferred to Florida State, where he played from 1965 to 1966 and graduated in 1966. During his years as the center fielder at Florida State, Martin hit .354, and earned all-District honors in his senior season and played in the 1965 College World Series. After his college career was over, Martin played professional baseball in the New York Mets and Detriot Tigers minor league organizations for three seasons before beginning his career in coaching.
Martin began his career in coaching at the junior high school level. His first stint as a college coach, surprisingly, came in a different sport, basketball, when Martin became the head basketball coach at Tallahassee Community College during the 1970–1971 season.
It was in 1975, when Woody Woodward took over the head coaching job at Florida State, that Martin would be reunited with his alma mater. Martin served as an assistant coach under Woodward for four seasons, and then for another season under Dick Howser. Howser would get his chance to manage the New York Yankees and Martin stepped into the head coaching role at Florida State in 1980.
Though Martin's teams have yet to win a national title, his tenure at Florida State is marked with many "honors" and "feats". Florida State, as of the 2018 season, has made 41 straight postseason appearances (39 under Martin), the longest active streak in the country. Martin's Seminoles have won eight Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championships and have appeared in 16 College World Series.
Coach Martin's players, which include many college and professional standouts have excelled as well. More than 70 of Martin's players have been named All-Americans, five have been named national player of the year, four have won the Golden Spikes Award, considered to be the most prestigious individual award in amateur baseball, and two have won the Dick Howser Trophy.
Coach Martin has won the ACC Coach of the Year award seven times (1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2012). On June 18, 2018, it was announced that Coach Martin would retire following the 2019 season.