Spenser Nelson loved playing the game of baseball. He grew up with baseball as a part of his life at a very young age, with his father being a high school baseball coach for 20+ years, an older sister playing softball through college and currently a varsity softball coach at a high school in Eastern Iowa, and an older brother who played baseball at a university in Minnesota. Many spring, summer, and fall afternoons consisted of a game of whiffle ball or home run derby, hitting in the batting cages and taking ground balls, playing catch, attending a baseball/softball game, or playing in a baseball game of his own. Winter months consisted of working inside on his hitting, as his passion for the game was reflected in his work ethic.
The foundation has been named Never Say Can’t because Spenser loved all aspects the game of baseball brings to an athlete: hard work, teamwork, leadership, skill, focus, challenge and a competitive attitude. He approached each at-bat as a new at-bat with eager anticipation to do the best he could. Spenser always strived to do his best. He understood that to be a better athlete he needed to go beyond team practice. He needed to step up to the challenge by doing extra work on his own to help prepare him for a chance to play at the collegiate level.
Playing baseball gave Spenser some fantastic opportunities like travelling, playing on different teams, making many new friendships, and the opportunity to have FUN.
Spenser passed away in 2012 and the Never Say Can’t Foundation has been benefiting local student athletes in his memory ever since. We sincerely appreciate your support in furthering baseball and softball opportunities for the young athletes in our community.