Local Sports Journal

Richard and Kathy Verlander, the parents of Detroit Tiger star pitcher Justin Verlander, will be at Mona  Shores on Feb. 6 to speak to Sailor athletes in the high school auditorium.

Along with the Verlanders, Mona Shores also is welcoming motivational speaker Craig MacFarlane.

All Sailor athletes are required to be there, but the community is invited to attend as well. The Verlanders will take the stage to speak from 8-8:30 a.m., followed by MacFarlane from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

The Verlanders are on a book tour, promoting their recent book “Rocks Across the Pond.”

MacFarlane has been blind since the age of 2, but has never been treated as a disabled person. He plays multiple musical instruments, was a standout wrestler, a top sprinter, an ice skater, a downhill skier, a water skier and many other physical activities.

The theme of his talk is “Inner Vision.”

MacFarlane has spoken at at the Republican National Convention, for a number of Forbes 100 companies and at more than 2,100 schools worldwide.

The Verlanders will be signing their book and doing a meet and greet in the auditorium lobby following MacFarlane’s message.