My name is Michael McKenna and I grew up in Western Massachusetts. I am the second of four children, and the only boy in the family. My parents raised my sisters and me in a loving Irish Catholic household, and instilled values and morals. I was introduced to sports at an early age, and fell in love with baseball and soccer. I played competitively from the age of 6 all the way through high school. Many of my childhood friendships, and eventually lifelong friendships, were formed on those sports teams. I attended a private elementary and middle school, and matriculated to Holyoke High School, a public high school. I graduated in the Top 25 of my class, and went on to the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
In order to have some spending money, as well as to live off campus my final two years, I worked at a well known liquor store near the university. I became a manager my junior year and remained employed there through graduation from UMASS in 2005.
After college I enjoyed the summer by working odd jobs and taking a road trip to Colorado. I interviewed with a few companies, including Travelers Insurance, who hired me as a temp. I spent one full year as a temp, with no benefits and no guarantee of my future with the company. I did, however, get hired full-time in the local Field Sales office where I worked the next six and a half years. While my title remained the same, my responsibilities transitioned between sales, marketing, finance, customer service and information technology.
Having grown up an athlete, I have kept athletics as a significant part of my life. I have been to over 50 Red Sox games throughout my lifetime and have attended baseball games in four stadiums across the country. I enjoy watching basketball and football as well, though, not as much as I’ve enjoyed baseball. I’ve recently gotten more and more into hockey and have adopted the Bruins as my team of choice. I’m fascinated by the hockey-fight subculture, and discuss the role of allowed fights in hockey as a part of the sport’s longevity in the public eye on numerous forums and discussion sites. I’ve also recently begun getting back into Soccer.