If you randomly asked 100 people to name the most important facet in establishing a desirable community, most would have a similar answer. They would talk about adults volunteering time to mentor youth, to help teach them the essentials they need to thrive in a changing world so they grow up equipped with the tools and information they need to make good decisions.
Mike Adams, a Charlotte County resident since 1963, is one of those people who takes the role seriously. Adams spends the lion’s share of his spare time guiding young people as a coach. Adams is teaching not just the tools and drills of competition on the baseball field or golf course, but also life skills. It is the intersection of life and sports where Adams stresses values such as character, ethics, effort, and loyalty. His role is critically valuable.
On the field, Adams’s teams are among the most successful in the state. Adams credits the family atmosphere at Farm Bureau as a big part of the reason he is able to be successful and teach life lessons to the Charlotte County youth.
“It's a great feeling,” says Adams of volunteering to help the youth of his community.” “But it’s even more so when someone you’ve worked with succeeds and makes the high school team.”
He has been the recipient of four district sportsmanship awards for his coaching efforts in all-star competitions.
“We’ve lost a few games,” says Adams, “and we treat it as a challenge to strive to improve.”
In addition to his duties with Farm Bureau and other volunteer efforts every summer, Adams is Charlotte County’s Central Middle School golf coach (since 2000) and baseball coach (since 2004). He is also assistant golf coach at Randolph Henry High School and the president of the Piedmont Junior Golf League.
Adams joined Farm Bureau in 1995 and enjoys golf, hunting, and coaching. He and his wife, Rhonda, have three children: Todd, Troy, and Maggie.