YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. – Yorktown High School senior Michael Rothman signed a letter of intent with Manhattanville College and plans to play baseball there next season on an academic scholarship.
His future plans include majoring in business management, but first helping the team 'win a league championship and then a section championship.'
Rothman's come a long way, being born in Moscow to a 15-year old mother and spending the first 16 months of his life in an orphanage. Slightly above three pounds at birth, his adoptive parents, Allan and Elaine Rothman, helped nurse him back to health after suffering from various ailments, including malnourishment, rickets, vision problems and other issues.
Elaine Rothman died of cancer when Michael was eight, and Rothman tries to 'live life with gusto' in her memory.
“I did not think about the obstacles I have had to overcome. Instead, I live life with excitement and to the fullest,” he said.
The left-hander has been active in sports, dabbling in travel soccer, football and basketball, before settling on baseball.
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