Former MLB First Baseman
"Being best friends with her son Brian, I saw the values Sue instilled in him growing up and consider myself an important part of the Roche family. My own nieces currently attend Oxford Preparatory Academy and I am honored to be a part of the Oxford Preparatory Advisory Board and am 100% supportive of her efforts to expand her proven teaching techniques in order that every child learn from her system."
Mike Sweeney is a former Major League Baseball first baseman. Sweeney played his first thirteen seasons in the majors with the Kansas City Royals, originally as a catcher, then moving to first base. Sweeney has also played for the Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, and Philadelphia Phillies. Mr. Sweeney retired from baseball in 2011.
Mike Sweeney debuted with the Kansas City Royals in 1995 and went on to become a five time All-Star selection. In 2003 and 2004, Sporting News named Mr. Sweeney, “Good Guy in Sports.” He was also a recipient of the 2007 Hutch Award. Before the 2009 season, the Royals’ organization created the Mike Sweeney Award, which recognizes a player best representing the organization on and off the field.
Sweeney is known all around Kansas City for being very polite and friendly toward all fans. He teams up annually with former Kansas City Chiefs’ running back Tony Richardson to host the Sweeney-Richardson Golf Classic, which benefits a faith-based outreach program and invites area charity and non-profit groups to attend Royals’ games as part of the “Sween Team.”
Fluent in Spanish, Sweeney is very active in the Kansas City community. He continues to support the community through various programs, including the Kansas City FCA chapter, Children’s Mercy Hospital, and Boys and Girls Club of Kansas City. Sweeney has also purchased a dirt field in a poor section of downtown Kansas City. The baseball field, once used to sell drugs, is now called Sweeney Family Field. Mike Sweeney is also the Advisory Chairman for the Catholic Athletes for Christ, the largest Catholic youth ministry program in the United States.