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Coach Mike Martin, Head Baseball Coach at Florida State University, and his wife Carol Martin Named as Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation Spokespersons

Coach Martin Picture Martin Picture[Tallahassee, Florida] –  Eric Clark, Chief Executive Officer of the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Foundation, announced today that Coach Mike Martin, Head Baseball Coach at Florida State University, and his wife Carol Martin have been named as Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation Spokespersons.

The Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation is pleased to announce that Mike Martin, Head Baseball Coach at Florida State University and his wife Carol, have agreed to be the spokespersons for the Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation.  They will serve as ambassadors in helping to increase the scope and presence of the Florida GAL Foundation.

“As parents of three children and grandparents of four grandchildren, we know how crucial it is for children to be part of a loving, nurturing and supportive environment.  Yet, in Florida, over 31,000 children are in foster care because of abuse, neglect, or abandonment.  These children have in many instances suffered tremendous emotional and physical trauma.  That’s why we support the Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation and the wonderful work it is doing for these children every day”, stated Coach Martin.

Coach Martin’s tenure at Florida State is marked with many honors and feats. He is the second all-time winning-est coach in NCAA Division I college baseball history, and second in all-time winning percentage.  Martin, simply known by his uniform number ‘11’ to Seminole faithful throughout the world, was a 2007 inductee into the American Baseball Coaches Association National Hall of Fame and the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.

He has lead the Seminoles to 37 straight postseason appearances. Martin’s Seminoles have won six Atlantic Coast Conference championships and have appeared in 15 College World Series. Dedicated in 2005, Florida State’s baseball team plays on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.

In January of 2015, the Martin Family, longtime supporters of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital’s Children’s Center and newborn intensive care unit, were honored as the children’s playroom at TMH was named the “Mike Martin Family Playroom.”

“We are honored and inspired by Coach and Mrs. Martin’s decision to be ambassadors for the GAL Foundation.   The Martin’s heartfelt dedication to the needs of Florida’s abused and neglected children will help so many,” said Eric Clark, CEO of the GAL Foundation. “To have a voice like Coach Martin and his wife Carol speaking on behalf of the GAL Foundation is a huge win for the most vulnerable children in Florida.”
The Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation’s mission is to provide additional resources for the Guardian ad Litem Program, its volunteers, and its affiliated circuit non-profit organizations in order to promote Guardian ad Litem representation for abused, abandoned and neglected children in Florida’s dependency system.

To learn more about the Guardian ad Litem Program or to become a volunteer Guardian ad Litem visit www.GuardianadLitem.org or call 1-866-341-1GAL.  To learn more about the Guardian ad Litem Foundation and how you can support the Guardian ad Litem Foundation’s mission, visit www.FLGAL.org.

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