Just as the title indicates my name is Nicholas Klein. All I have ever been addressed or called by is Andrew since birth. My friends and family call me “Andy”. I was born in Gwinnett County and grew up just down the road in Barrow county. I have lived there my whole life, so Piedmont is a very new experience and scenery for me. I have already grown to love so many things on campus already including baseball, new friends, and the list could go on and on.
One of the most important things to me as to most people is my family. I have a little bit of a bigger family than most people, but I think of it as a blessing because who doesn’t love two Christmases. In all seriousness, I love everyone in my family, no matter how big of a family it is or how annoying we all get with each other. I have a biological brother named PJ, who I have done everything with and looked up to my whole life. He is four years older than me and has shown me the right way to do things in life through hard work, his faith, and how caring he is. I have three step-siblings Amanda, Blake, and Drew and we are all just as close as real siblings. My step-parents have had a huge impact on my life and they have both been in my life for as long as I can remember. Their families have taken me and my brother in as their own and have treated us no different than their actual family. I would never trade the relationships and all the family members I have for the world. Even though nothing will be more important to me than my family and faith, sports have had the next biggest impact on my life.
Ever since I was four years old baseball has been my passion and my love, but just like in the game of baseball when everything seems to be great the game finds a way to humble you. You can be the best baseball player in the world and you will never be bigger than the game. I have played a lot of sports in my life, but baseball was that one when it came down to focusing and putting in the hard work to excel, it is the one that meant the most to me. I played football and basketball growing up as well, and as a child, I enjoyed those much more than baseball, but since my older brother always loved the game it rubbed off on me too, trying to be just like him. I quit football in middle school but played my senior year and I still regret not playing all four years of high school. Basketball was a different story, playing up to the middle of my junior year, but quitting because of the disconnection the coach and I had. Sports, in general, are how I’ve learned to deal and learn lessons through my life and I will always be so grateful for the opportunity and health that I’ve always had to play what I have loved all these years. I was a knight all my life, (my high school’s mascot) but there is no place I would rather be than Piedmont as a Lion! That is who Andrew Klein is.