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Carmel Mountain Ranch Little League Volunteer Hopes to Make a Difference
Mark Longstaff was born in England and is a huge supporter of English soccer. But on this side of the pond, he is involved with a different sport: baseball – specifically, Little League baseball, where he has been a volunteer for the Carmel Mountain Ranch Little League (CMRLL) for six years.
Mark, who is a senior associate for an architecture firm downtown, has been married to his wife, Julia for 18 years. The couple have a son, Ryan, who is a 5th grader at Shoal Creek Elementary School, where Julia runs the front desk and Mark helps out in the school’s café every Friday. The family has resided in the Bluffs neighborhood of Carmel Mountain Ranch for 11 years and when asked what they like best about their community Mark replied, “We love the location, the beauty and the people!”
For these reasons and more, Mark feels a need to give back to his community, and does so by volunteering with CMRLL. From helping with registration to revamping the snack stand to being an umpire for two years, Mark has worn many hats. And while he is eager to help CMRLL on “whatever needs to be done,” he admits that one of his favorite roles has been being manager for Ryan’s teams for the last three years. “I love teaching baseball as well as spending time with my son and this is a great way to do both!” he said.
Mark’s strong commitment to CMRLL is fueled by his desire to teach kids the importance of establishing friendships, being teammates and loving the game of baseball. He hopes his efforts will help CMRLL to maintain its strong community ties and will encourage other parents to volunteer. “This league runs solely on volunteers,” he explained. “90% of being a volunteer is just showing up. If you show up we will put you to work. No role is too small.”[box title=”At A Glance” color=”#333333″]
Name: Mark Longstaff
Community: Carmel Mountain Ranch
Family: Wife – Julia; Son – Ryan
Dog – Layla[/box]