Slade Heathcott was born in Sulpher, Louisiana. Heathcott was raised in Pryor, Oklahoma and then moved to Texarkana, Texas to start high school. He was was drafted in the first round in 2009 out of high school by the New York Yankees and debuing in the 2015 season after 6 seasons and 6 surgeries. In 2011 Heathcott started private pilot aviation courses and then in 2014 started taking one class at a time and sometimes two classes to slowly begin his Bachelors in Aeronautics.
In the 2015 off season his love of being outside in nature began to really grow in the form of hiking, backpacking, and camping. The views from his hammock of untouched forests or scaling mountains began to shape and change his perspective - over time this bred the realization that we need to starting taking better care of this beautiful rock we all live on.
During the 2017 season, Heathcott did a research paper on E-waste and the effects it has had on the world and the countries unfortunate enough to receive this equipment. This equipment is rarely working most of the time despite what exporters who are illegally discarding this material say. All this E-waste is then burned in huge electronic grave yards, normally in villages or communities with men, women, and children just yards away from it all. Children and adults alike walk through this charred and burning rubble to search for precious metals and valuable objects that they can clean and sale for a very small earning compared to the overall well being of these villages, countries, and even the world. These massive electronics dumps where the equipment is burned, releases dangerously harmful toxin into the air that is being breathed in by young children and people of the community.
“ We have all been only been given one home, this beautiful planet called Earth where plants grown lush and green, deserts span thousands of miles, and enormous oceans divide continents. In a world that every one is connected, it is time for us to stand up together; to fight and preserve this beautiful place we call home. We might all have unique backgrounds, upbringings, and interests but we all share ONE common need....this beautiful rock we live on. If we don’t start preserving and respecting mother nature soon, there will not be an Earth to save. There will not just be plastic littering every beach and highway but there will eventually be destruction beyond that of which can sustain human life.”