How One Guy Used His Love for the Game (Baseball That Is!)

September 21, 2013

2013-7-team-photoThe Summer Baseball season is already half over, but the lessons learned, the love & care invested by our coaches and volunteers, and the memories built swinging out a few victories and a few losses will be impressions that last a lifetime for the kids from North Memphis who have participated in this great program (of course there is no fee to play).

The Bickford Tigers Baseball Team has been a largely successful weekday program for neighborhood kids! The junior team (ages 12 and under) has an outstanding record of 5-0! The older team (ages 13-16) has played with great intensity against very talented teams has a record of 2-4.

These kids show such a passion for the game and in the words of Coach Tyler Moore,

‘Coach Rob and I are so blessed to teach these athletes what baseball is all about. The kids have made a huge impact on us and our goal is to make a difference in their lives as well.’

You never know when you might be able to use your personal talents to help others as can be learned from Coach Tyler whose mom attended Urban Plunge last fall. When the Plungers toured Oasis’ ministry neighborhood, she kept thinking about her son and his love for baseball.

Fast-forward several months and Tyler was excited to commit to teaching a summer program, recruit his former teammate Rob Alvarex to assist, and was happy to have former Oasis baseball coach who lives in the neighborhood, Barry Landon, round off their coaching staff. Also, an anonymous philanthropist offered to fund the program! We can’t thank these guys enough for making such a deep impact in the kids’ lives and for providing a healthy activity for them to participate in Monday-Friday!

Games are held Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00am at various locations. If you are interested in cheering on the teams or would like more information about this ministry, contact Coach Tyler.