Renee Suzuki is a former volleyball player best identified as the wife of American baseball legend, Kurt Suzuki. It is as a result of Kurt’s fame that a lot of people became interested in Renee. The duo would give your favorite fairytale couple a run for their money. Kurt and Renee got married straight out of high school and have remained thoroughly in love with each other since then.
To the rest of the world, however, Kurt Suzuki remains the star of this union. Kurt has been a major league baseball player since the mid-2000s. In this period, he has won several awards and has also set a couple of important records, making him one of the best-performing Asian-Americans in baseball history. Kurt has played for a number of notable teams in his award-studded career, including the Oakland Athletics (2007-2012, 2013), the Washington Nationals (2012-2013, 2019-2021), the Minnesota Twins (2014-2016), and the Atlanta Braves (2017-2018).
Kurt Suzuki has made a very impressive career as a baseball “catcher” with earnings running into millions of dollars and his wife, Renee, has been very supportive of him every step of the way. Being a previously high-performing athlete herself, it isn’t difficult to figure out why Kurt decided to put a ring on it immediately. If you cannot see Renee as being anything more than a wonderful, supportive wife who travels around the country with her baseball-player-husband, you couldn’t be more wrong. There is more to this amazing woman than you might think and you are about to find out.
41 Year Old Renee Was Born Into A Christian Family
Renee Marie Vignery was born in the state of California in 1981. She was born to Patrick Vignery and Barbara Vignery on the 28th of June. Unlike her husband Kurt, Renee is of Caucasian ethnicity and her parents are very devout Christians. She also grew up with her two younger siblings named Michael and Patricia Vignery.
Renee’s parents were very supportive of their first daughter’s fledgling sports career. The young lady kicked off her high school education at Henry Perrine Balwin High School but finished at Bishop Montgomery High School, a Catholic school in Torrance. There, she played a host of different sports until she decided to focus on her favorite, which was volleyball. As a multi-scholar in her school, she was the recipient of many awards, most notably the Best Female Athlete award. Suzuki then enrolled at the California State University where she studied Child and Adolescent Development, graduating in the year 2005 at 24.
Kurt and Renee Met At The University of California
Judging from how compatible Kurt and Renee seem to be, it makes sense that they met when they were both players for their University sports teams. As students at the California State University, Fullerton, Kurt played baseball while Renee took up volleyball. They began dating in the early 2000s and remained college sweethearts until after both of their graduations; in 2004 for Kurt and 2005 for Renee.
Many college relationships end immediately after one or both parties have left school but in Kurt and Renee’s case, it seemed like graduation only served to reinforce their decision to stay together. In January 2007, they went further by making it official in a simple Californian wedding. It is just as well that they decided to be quick about it because 5 months later, Kurt made his major league debut with the Oakland Athletics in June.
From what we’ve seen of their relationship, it appears to be sailing really smoothly and beautifully. In fact, they have been totally inseparable since they got married as Renee and Kurt go literally everywhere together. At some point even, Renee decided to work only part-time so that she could accompany him on his sports travels. And before you roll your eyes thinking it’s too cheesy, consider the fact that marriages don’t just last for over fourteen years without one or both parties making major concessions.
The Couple Have Three Children Together
Together, Renee and Kurt Suzuki have expanded into a beautiful family of five. The couple shares three children: Malia, Kai-Noah, and Eli. Malia Suzuki was born in April 2011 and is 11 years old currently. Her birth was a highly anticipated one and after she was born, her father decided to take paternity leave so he could be with his small family – a rare practice for a star athlete.
Two years later, little Kai-Noah arrived. Kai was born in November 2013 and is 9 years old presently. Five years ago, the still-growing family recorded one last addition in the person of Eli Suzuki. Eli was born in July 2016 after a notoriously difficult childbirth and is the youngest of three children. All three children live with their parents in their multi-million dollar family mansion located at the Redondo Beach in California.
Renee Suzuki Might Have Dropped Her Career for Kurt’s, But She Is More Than Your Average Housewife
As a student at California State University, Renee played in several minor leagues. Most notably, she played for the Titans – the school’s female volleyball team – as one of the team’s key defenders. She occasionally played as a setter too. She played with the Titans for almost four seasons from 2000 till 2003 and during this period, she won the team’s scholar-athlete award which she won three solid times.
When Renee had graduated from college, she acquired two teaching credentials. One of them was in Mild-to-Moderate Special Education. Renee had been made to care for her sick sister from a young age and this inspired her to train professionally for a career that enabled her to help children with special needs. Things didn’t quite go according to plan, however, as Kurt’s major league baseball career was just about to take off. Renee Suzuki then decided to work as a substitute teacher. She opted for this to enable her to accompany her husband on his baseball travels. Apart from providing moral support for him, she also motivated him and Kurt himself admits that sometimes his wife is almost as hard on him as his coach.
Renee is also known for her charity work and philanthropic deeds, a passion she and Kurt share. The couple assisted in fundraising activities for Jon Wilhite, a former Titan baseball player who was the sole survivor of a fatal car crash that happened in 2009. The fundraiser was especially spearheaded by Renee with the assistance of fellow former Titan wife, Katie Cabrera. In 2012, they founded the Kurt Suzuki Family Foundation, a non-profit charity organization that was created to support research in kidney disease.
The focus on kidney-related diseases was because they had both had connections to people who had suffered from kidney disease. In Kurt’s case, it was his father while for Renee, it was her younger sister, Patricia, who was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis Syndrome (FSGS) when she was just nine years old. Patricia has since recovered and seems to be living a healthy life after years of intensive treatment.
Renee Is Very Active on Instagram
So far, Renee can be found only on Instagram where she operates a private account with 671 followers. She probably believes that having one famous husband is more than enough popularity. According to her bio, she is a nutrition, detoxification, and essential oil enthusiast. However, she does have a website, reneesuzuki.com, where she gives motherhood and pregnancy tips. She opened the website after her last childbirth where she suffered serious complications due to internal bleeding. Renee has dedicated most of her life to other people in one way or another and you have to agree that it is refreshing to see someone embody such kindness in today’s harsh world.