Boy finds baseball family he hoped for with help of Big Brothers


Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 2:06 PM

(WHAS11) - On a cold night in January, we found Jeffery Hines and his mom at an indoor golf range waiting for a Big Brother. He told us he wanted a mentor who would enjoy the big outdoors and baseball.

Wish granted. Enter the Evans', Phil and Kim, an entire baseball family.

"She saw the spot on the news and taped it and then heard him talking about baseball and all that good stuff and we watched it later that night. She acted like, is this something you'd want to do," said Phil Evans.

The former pro baseball player was ready for a new teammate.

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"He said, sure. So we called. It was just gonna be him and it ended up being a family, kinda turned out to be the whole family," said Evans' wife Kim.

But would Jeffery still be available for a match.

"And we went in and we actually asked for Jeffery, if that was possible. And at the time, the acted like they really didn't know," said Evans.

But after background checks and brief training it was possible. Jeffery had a coach.

And he helps me learn more things about baseball that I didn't know.

From that first sighting on TV, Kim had an idea this would work.

"He said he liked all sports, but when he liked baseball, i thought, oh, that's a perfect match," said Evans.

And it's expanding beyond baseball. Evans continued, "that we get to do things and have fun and learn more about each other"< /p>

And that's how you make a match. In the past 20 years, it's been my privilege to have a hand in making more than just a few.

If you'd like to volunteer as a Big Brother or Big Sister, you can become a mentor by calling 1-877-588-2300.