17U Titan Josh Yi Commits to Commerce at York University and the OUA Lions

by Jim Stewart

The end of July is an exciting time for our departing veteran Titans as they prepare for the challenges and opportunities presented by their post-secondary destinations. 17U Titans Josh Yi is embracing the dual challenges of committing to the prestigious Commerce program at The Shulich School of Business at York University and earning a starting role with the OUA Lions as a freshman.  The veteran middle infielder further explained the many personal academic benefits of attending York University in Toronto:  “I saw an opportunity and the support provided by the university to realize my big idea to make an impact on the world. Cross-disciplinary programming and innovative course design were the main attraction for me.” Yi added that he is “looking forward to York’s experiential education opportunities and to develop myself further as a baseball player by continuing to play at a competitive level” as he pursues a Bachelor of Commerce in ITEC (Information Technology).

The Honor Roll graduate of Hodan Nalayeh Secondary School in Vaughan (formerly Vaughan Secondary School)  delineated his athletic and academic goals as a student-athlete at York University: “I'd like to contribute to a playoff run in the OUA playoffs in October and earn a starting job as a first year student. My academic goals include maintaining academic excellence and gaining admission to the Master's Program at Schulich.”

With the prospect of earning a BComm at York and playing for the Lions, Yi offered his gratitude to the Titans Baseball Club:  “Titans coaches were there with me from A to Z. I would like to personally thank Coach Bailey and Coach Vera. They provided me with guidance regarding US and Canadian post-secondary pathways. The individual interview in November was particularly appreciated. I also appreciated the encouragement I received regarding academic excellence and the emphasis on my responsibilities as a student-athlete.” In addition to the guidance he received along the way, the shortstop-second baseman acknowledged the on-field highlight of his career as a Titan:  “My first career homerun in the CPBL that contributed to our team’s win was my best individual moment as a Titan.”

In closing, Yi offered this timely advice to the younger Titans about achieving post-secondary goals as a student-athlete:  “You are lucky to be surrounded by the coaches who provide guidance on athletic and academic excellence. Seize the occasion!”

Congratulations, Josh, on your achievements as a Titans student-athlete.  All the best in your Commerce studies at York University and on the field with the OUA Lions.