Chandler senior Bryan juggles baseball, fatherhood
April 26, 2019 by Dajour Sylvester, Arizona State University
Growing up in Phoenix, Brendayn Bryan enjoyed a mostly smooth and peaceful life.
The Chandler High senior was raised with multiple half brothers and sisters and until this day his parents are still together.
“I love them to death and they support me today as I play baseball,” Bryan said.
Growing up, baseball was Bryan’s primary sport. He has been playing ever since he was 6 years old.
Standing at 6 feet, 4 inches tall, Bryan says that his friends and family tried to convince him to play basketball.
“I really just don’t have any feelings for it,” Bryan said. “I love baseball, it’s always been there for me, so I’m just going to keep riding with it until I die.”
For the past few years, baseball has been a getaway for the starting pitcher.
In his junior year of high school, Bryan found out that he was going to be a father.
“It hit me hard and it was really tough. I thought I wasn’t going to play baseball anymore,” Bryan said.
At first, Bryan did not know what to do.
He had to face the biggest challenge by revealing this to his parents.
“It was really rough and I didn’t really want to tell them because it was an embarrassing moment for me,” Bryan explained.
Bryan and his girlfriend chose to have the child together and, ever since, it's been the best thing that has ever happened to him.
“Once me and my girlfriend accepted having a kid, no matter what anyone said it didn’t matter to me anymore,” Bryan said.
Even though his parents did not agree with the decision at first, they understood and realized what was best for him and his girlfriend.
“Now my parents are super supportive grandparents. Without the support of them, I don’t think I could be doing what I am doing today,” Bryan said.
Not everyone at school settled with Bryan having a baby at a young age, but his best friend, Nate Rolichek, was supportive of him the whole way.
"I support him and he definitely handled it better than when I found out,” Rolichek said. “I remember when I found out, I was a little surprised and confused.”
Rolichek says that he handled the situation well and knows Bryan is going to be the best father for his son, Lucas.
After his girlfriend became pregnant, Bryan set a goal for himself after high school.
Bryan plans to go to Chandler-Gilbert Community College in pursuit of an engineering degree and hopes to play baseball there.
“I am still talking to the coach,” Bryan said. “He’s real interested in me and I am really interested in him.”
Bryan’s son is 8 months now, and it has changed his perception of life. Being able to juggle fatherhood is tough for Bryan, but he is able to manage everything with more time and experience.
“Now that he’s here, I love telling everyone that I have a son and it has worked out for both me and my girlfriend,” Bryan said.