His parents traveled from Antigua to make a better life for the family. He works hard to return the favor. Conroy Baltimore is determined and motivated to succeed and prove his self-worth.
He can't take all the credit for his will to make something of himself. It isn't just his passion to succeed that has brought him honors such as being named Con Ed Athlete of the Week or just five rebounds away from becoming Stepinac's first basketball player to grab 1,000 in his career.
Baltimore recognizes the little things that he learned at home as the essentials for where he is now.
"My parents taught me to stay focused, go places on time and to work hard at everything I do," said Baltimore, a Bronx resident. "They struggled and I will always have that in the back of my mind. I don't want them to struggle anymore."
When it comes to alleviating his parents' load Baltimore has done that. In the fall, the senior will attend Lehigh University on a full athletic scholarship.
Lehigh is making an investment in a player who is capable of putting up a consistent double-double with game performances like the 17 points and 20 rebounds he compiled against both Iona Prep and McClancy this season.
Although sports will help him finance his college education , the academics offered at Lehigh were an attraction for Baltimore, an athlete who puts being a student first.
"I heard a lot of the players talking about the academics. I talked to a professor, my parents and weighed all of the other options," Baltimore said. "I accomplished one goal getting a full ride to Lehigh. Now (my parents) don't have to worry about the money coming out of their pocket."
Coach Tim Philp said he is very proud and excited for the young man who is a member of Crusaders for Life, Stepinac Ambassador's Club, the Honors and AP programs, and the Stepinac Athletic Tutoring program.
"He is the hardest worker playing on the floor. Nobody works harder than him," Philp said. " He is a high-energy kid who puts the team first. He doesn't just care about winning and stats.
"When parents raise their kids like Conroy it says a lot for their home. He's coachable, never has an attitude and always does the right thing. I give him and his family a lot of credit. They are great people, and he is really a reflection of how he was brought up."
The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete's athletic director or coach.