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Mark Adamek serves as a guest speaker for Pickford congregation

Mark Adamek

Oct. 30, 2004

PICKFORD - Lake Superior State junior defenseman Mark Adamek found time in his schedule to be a guest speaker at a father-son banquet at the Pickford Presbyterian Church on Oct. 20.

Pastor Ron Beaune sought a collegiate student-athlete who would tell a personal account of how he balances family values, faith, school demands and athletics.

Adamek spoke about his California childhood and his path to Laker Hockey. He credited his family with giving him the strength to succeed both in hockey and in life. Throughout his speech, he spoke about the close family-like relationship that he shares with his teammates. Adamek talked about his close bond with his two brothers, Mike and Nick, who are both currently residing in Sault Ste. Marie.

"Of everything that I have experienced in hockey, thus far, nothing is more important to me than my family," said Adamek, who is fortunate to have two brothers living in Sault Ste. Marie while the rest of his family lives in Hollister, Calif. "My mother and father, and brothers and sisters have been so supportive and so loving. I couldn't thank the Lord enough for blessing me with them.

"Thank you for this opportunity to speak with you about how a student-athlete balances faith with everyday routine, on and off the ice. I hope that all you kids will always hold your family closest to your hearts, because their support for you is and always will be unwavering."

"He did an excellent job," said Beaune. "It was evident especially from the reaction of the kids wanting to talk to him after his speech and get autographs. He was a positive role model for them and a blessing for our church."

"Thanks again for having me, and I hope to see you guys at some Laker hockey games," Adamek said in closing. "Make sure, if you guys come, to say hello after the game."

"I was very impressed with his willingness to talk about his family and faith, and how they connected with school and sports," Beaune said.

"I was very pleased to have the opportunity to speak to people in the community," Adamek said. "I am and will always be eager to represent Laker athletics. I have a great relationship with my family and this opportunity made me appreciate them even more."

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