Team goes to bat for player

Team goes to bat for player

LAWTON, Okla. (TNN) - A Lawton boy now has the chance to play baseball thanks to the generosity of his teammates.

“Every kid should be able to play baseball,” said Jodi Gober, parent of a teammate.

As Kayson Jackson heads to the plate for the Whittier Elementary Cardinals, he has his team to thank for helping him get there.

“I went over this one day and I saw them practicing," said baseball player, Kyson Jackson. "Eventually they asked me do you want to practice with us?”

He practiced with the team for several weeks, but what happened next was unexpected.

“One day I get a knock on the door asking if he can play baseball," said Erica Richardson, Kayson’s Mother. "We had just finished moving, so I really didn’t have the funds.”

“As a kid growing up, my family didn’t have any money," said Kogan Stacey, parent of a teammate. "I didn’t get to play sports or go on field trips with the rest of my class. I just didn’t want him to be excluded like that.”

“Before we knew it we had him a glove, we had him bats, uniform,” said Gober.

“They paid for everything, they took him in and they’ve showed him nothing but love since he’s been here with them,” said Richardson.

Proving a small act of kindness has the power to make a big difference in the lives of others.

“That’s what makes life worth living, giving people opportunities,” said Gober.

“My teammates are great,” said Jackson.

“They really made me cry because we never had no one care like that,” said Richardson.

Kayson’s mom and the team are hoping their story will help inspire others and provide children with more opportunities.

“I’m proud that we have a community that cares about our children," said Richardson. "For the parents, don’t feel bad that you don’t have funds. We do have caring people out here and loving people that will help.”

The Whittier Elementary Cardinals are currently tied for first place in the 10 and under school baseball league with three wins and one loss.

Their next game is Monday evening June 10th. You can catch the magic at 7:30 p.m. at GrandView field four, located behind Eisenhower High School.

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