By Gary Roedemeier
Baseball is back in Kentuckiana. The Bats opened their season at Slugger Field last night, and at fields all over the area, kids and coaches are perfecting their skills for a summer on the diamond; which brings us to this week's Big Brother match, and time for a little batting practice.
In the shadow of Highland Middle School, a young man in the springtime of life is taught the game of bat and ball. His pitcher is Greg Jones, batting coach and Big Brother.
This kid, he can hit. He says he can actually hit from the left side too, although we didn't see that while watching.
Greg Jones says his little brother is an athlete and a scholar, and he wants to be a building block in Anthony's life. "We see each other every single Saturday at 10:00 a.m. I want to show him that he has options and this kid has a lot of brain power. I just want him to see what his options are. I don't want him to be bottled up."
Anthony doesn't want to be bottled up. He always wants to be outside playing ball, riding bikes and exploring the world. And he looks forward to Saturdays with Greg.
"I found a Big Brother that is reliable," he says, "He like, all the time, on Saturday's I can look forward to doing something other than spending time with my mother and my two younger sisters, and I'm actually the only son my mother has."
He needed a male role model and along came Greg to volunteer. But Greg says it's more than that. "It's like an investment. I'm getting back more than I'm giving to him."
A Little Brother that will pay dividends to his Big Brother and to society, for many years to come.
If you'd like to volunteer as a Big Brother or Big Sister, you can become a mentor by calling 1-877-588-2300.