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Miami Central's 'Coach Cal' gets an ESPY

ESPN honors local coach with award

A South Florida high school coach is getting national recognition for his efforts to bring baseball back to Miami Central Senior High School.

MIAMI – Calvin Johnson had a dream: to bring baseball back to Miami Central Senior High School. 

The coach never imagined his dream would get him national recognition. 

"Coach Cal" and his Rockets rebuilt the program after it had been eliminated years ago, working hard to upgrade the field and facilities while also honing their skills. They eventually formed a team, played games on their own home field and even won four contests. 

For his effort, Johnson was awarded an honorary ESPY award. As you can see in the video above, he was overcome with emotion and excitement.

You can catch this year's ESPYS at 8 p.m. July 10 on Local 10.

About the Author:

Clay Ferraro joined the Local 10 News team in 2014 to take his dream job: covering big-time sports at a first-class station in paradise.