"It is hot as hell out here," said Nick Swisher, the newest member of the Atlanta Braves.
August is commonly known as the dog days summer for its heat.
Through a generous donation by Swisher, added to the Braves Aug. 7, our boys had the chance to watch professionals working on their craft during batting practice before the Braves Aug. 31 game.
It was an afternoon filled with lifelong memories for our kids. Aside from meeting Swisher, our boys interacted with players such as Martin Prado and Michael Bourn to name a few.
However meeting "Swish", an Ohioan legend, was the highlight of the afternoon by far.
Brent Slade, FCA Urban Baseball Director, said Swisher is a "real dude." He talked about how he came over to the boys and immediately handed out high-fives and words of wisdom.
During his time with our boys, "Swish" shared his story of how he ended up being drafted. He told about how he was a homegrown product, groomed by his dad who played 10 years in the majors.
In high school, he was hitting something like .700 with 20 home-runs but none of the big ACC or SEC schools noticed him and so he went to Ohio State for baseball.
At OSU he opened a lot of eyes and in 2002 the Oakland Athletics drafted him 16th overall in MLB's draft.
The moral of the story-don't give up.
Swisher struck a chord to our boys and our ministry. Ultimately our goal is to see our coaches and athletes become over comers.
We hope through our ministry, those we touch will learn how to preserve as Jesus did and continue to press forth, laying every sin aside, even when things appear to be bleak.
By- Chris Sherwood, Assistant Director of FCA Urban Baseball
Posted on Fri, September 4, 2015
by Chris Sherwood