What comes up to your mind when you think of the US summer? Barbeque, swimming pool, Fourth of July fireworks and, of course, baseball game.
This time of the year many kids are encouraged to get out and play it and you can be sure that they will never catching their first fly ball or sliding into home plate.
Moreover, for many children these games in their little league lighten the passion for a sport for the rest of their lives.
One coach from Ohio wanted all of his players to remember the game, including a boy named Drew who has a disability that has left him wheelchair bound. Since the child is unable to bat or run for himself, coach Jeremy Tolbert found another way so Drew could be a part of the game.
That early summer game was well attended and a huge number of parents came to support their children on the field. Around the dugouts were teams’ coaches and players dressed in their team colors.
Drew, sitting in his wheelchair, was pushed to home plate, his dad picked him up out of his wheelchair and someone off the camera said: “Hey, someone get him a bat!”
Dad was given a bat. He held it in one hand and with Drew in his other arm took one swing and knocked the ball into the field. Then both of them took off around the bases. The viewers were applauding and cheering little Drew as he was going to score his first home run ever.
When father and kid got past third, their team lined up to welcome him home with high fives and cheers and after passing home the other team lined up on the other side to offer high fives and congratulations. During the whole game, “Good job, Drew!” was heard more than once from all over the ball field.
The coaches and Drew’s parents were especially touched by the opportunity their little boy had. The coach was also touched by this meaningful moment and wrote on his Facebook that this was the “greatest moment of my coaching career.”
This special moment would never have happened if not Tolbert’s planning and dedication to making all of his players feel valuable.
The homerun of Drew showed to all the players and their coaches that sometimes wins not who scored the most, but who brought the most joy to the others.