Ben Mooney is the student-athlete that coaches and administrators dream of.
“He’s one of my all-time favorites. He’s that kid that will do everything you ask him to do,” said athletic director Mark Blecha. ” He’s the glue that holds the team together, he’ll run through a brick wall. He’s the guy you cannot do without.”
A three-sport athlete playing football, basketball and baseball, Ben helped lead Franklinville to success on the field, all while balancing a heavy academic load that includes several college courses. He currently has a 4.0 GPA and is Salutatorian of the senior class.
“I try my hardest to get my work done first in school, in study hall and then worry about athletics and then come home and finish,” he said. “It’s just all about the balance with it. It’s something very hard to master. I don’t think I’ve mastered it at this point.”
“The little bit of time that he has, he makes good resource out of it,” added Blecha. “We love having him here because he’s such a great role model. I want all our guys to be role models for the younger kids, and he’s just that.”
Ben is also busy volunteering, staying active and engaged with kids as a coach for some of the youth teams in the community.
“He goes right from our practices a lot of times right to the other field. He’s a great role model. All the kids look up to him. You can’t ask for a better role model.”
“It’s nice to be able to reach out to the younger generation. Sports are a great thing. Sports keeps kids away from the bad things out there. I just want as many kids to play sports as possible.”
And he hopes to continue to make an impact, studying media and journalism at Penn State.