C-10 Podcast: Matt Fulks, Ep. 96

 

As we do once a month or so, this C-10 conversation features an interview that took place in front of our C-10 Mentoring & Leadership students and mentors. But this episode, our 96th, is unlike any other we’ve done.

During many of our recent weekly C-10 sessions, we’ve been using the mentors to show the students that they don’t have to have the rest of their lives figured out right now; that many times, if not usually, a person’s first career out of high school or college isn’t the last one. One of the best examples of that in and around C-10 is C You In The Major Leagues’ Executive Director Matt Fulks.

So, after some coaxing from some students and Max Utsler, the chair of our C-10 Mentoring & Leadership curriculum committee, this episode features a conversation with Fulks.

What’s different about his career? As you can read in his bio on our website, Fulks started a career in journalism in 1989, while attending Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, after his baseball career was cut short due to a lack of ability. Besides being the author/co-author of more than 25 books, including Dayton Moore’s “More Than A Season” and the upcoming “One Good Thing,” Fulks’ journalism background includes working as the managing editor for a book publisher, as the sports director at a radio station in the Nashville market, as a newspaper writer and editor, and TV sports producer. But, he’s also been a cell phone salesman, a bill collector, an International Eligibility Representative for the NAIA Eligibility Center, in charge of media relations for a minor-league baseball team, a church janitor, and a forklift driver. So, anything but a straight path to the nonprofit world.

Fulks started with C You In The Major Leagues in May 2015. While Fulks has been the Director/Executive Director, C You In The Major Leagues became a 501c3, developed the C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program, which has given mentoring to nearly 40 high school students from urban and suburban areas of Kansas City, and started the C-10 Leaders Scholarship. Earlier this year, CYITML launched C You In The Backyard, an instructional tee ball league geared toward areas with Title I elementary schools.

But all of that leads to a few “God moments,” as Matt calls them, that helped get him to CYITML.

As we usually do, we took out some of the students’ and mentors’ questions at the end, but we did leave one important one. After Utsler interviews Fulks and opens it up to questions, he starts with Matt’s wife (and C-10 mentor, Libby). For Fulks, who gets into a discussion with Utsler about being an introvert, this dives a little deeper into his personal side than he’d prefer.

But we hope you enjoy it. (If you do, please feel free to comment, share, like and subscribe to the podcast from your favorite platform.)

 

 

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In this episode, Max and Matt talk a lot about Matt’s introversion. Here’s a good link about introverts.

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