|I may be the CEO of a web design, marketing, and social media firm now; but turn the clock back a couple decades and I had dreams of being a major league baseball player. I am sure I shared this dream with millions of other kids my age but that dream faded along with my youth. Remembering back to those days brings a smile to my face and||
short of turning back the clock, watching today’s youth with that same smile is as close as I can get to the “good ole’ days”.
A few weeks ago I became aware of 3 kids from my hometown in need of baseball gloves to play in the upcoming baseball season. I knew I wanted to help these kids have the same memories to look back upon as I did years ago. I made a couple of phone calls and with some help from family in the area, a shopping trip was planned. It took everyone exchanging several phone calls and my family running around getting gear for 3 eager baseball players to get the stage set.
Even though these future big league players just wanted the basic essentials like gloves, I wanted to make sure they had everything they could possible think of to get their season off with a home run. I never realized what my parents went through to get me ready for spring season, but I do now!
A couple of days later, 3 young boys with dreams of baseball were about to be surprised with everything they needed to have a blast this spring season. I truly wish I was there to see the faces of these boys when they saw the gloves, balls, cleats, bats, pants, and just about anything you would ever need and then some. Even though I am over 400 miles away from my hometown I was emailed pictures of these 3 boys living their dream. Those pictures said over a thousand words and put a huge, warm smile on my face!
Many parents struggle to make ends meet and many children go without. I was very lucky as a child and my parents sometimes did without to make sure I didn’t; and that is part of what made me who I am today. I am very happy to be able to help these boys in my hometown have a fun-filled baseball season and I may just have to plan a trip home to see them play. But until then, I have been promised to get pictures sent to me of the boys playing their hearts out this season. Just maybe, in 10-15 years, I will be going to Wrigley Field to watch them play in the Major League.
I want to thank my parents for instilling in me the desire to give back to the community that gave me all the memories of my childhood. I want to thank all my staff here at SurfYourName.com for picking up the slack while I spent time working on this project. Special thanks to Sug Sams and Lindy Carper for being my errand girls and going shopping for all the baseball equipment.
I now challenge you to give back! There is no other feeling like being able to put a smile on a child’s face. If you have a story to share, PLEASE email me or post a comment on this article. I would love to share your story of giving back with the world. Share this article on Facebook. Spread the word and we CAN make a difference!
p.s. Keep coming back for new pictures of the SurfYourName.com future Major League Baseball players. I will update our photo gallery every time I get new pictures.