For the Love of Baseball
"The idea was simple enough," says Christian Academy of Knoxville Class of 2019 grad Christian Cate, "get some people together and teach the kids a little baseball, have some devotionals and snacks, and have fun. Little did I know how impactful this project would be...for the kids, the volunteers, the inner city neighborhood....and for me."
At CAK, students are required to complete a 40+ hour Capstone project meant to help them find their calling for service through Christ Jesus. For some students, turning a passion into a calling falls together to make something beautiful ...something impactful ...something bigger than oneself.
And that is exactly what occurred last summer for Cate, who at the time was a rising senior at CAK.
"I decided to take my love of baseball to the inner city here in Knoxville," describes Cate. His desire was to bring baseball to kids who had not had the opportunity to play before by founding a free one-week camp through Wesley House.
Fifteen volunteers worked beside him, including several professional coaches from area schools, who were all dedicated to helping the players succeed in their own skill set. In preparation, Cate noticed the field he wanted to use was in bad shape, and the expertise needed to fix it was beyond his capacity. So, he petitioned the city to fix up a local neighborhood field.
The day before the camp was to start, Cate arrived at the field to paint lines on the dirt, and was shocked to see that the neighborhood kids had already discovered the field and were happily using it! It was then that he realized how seemingly small steps lead to big changes. Kids who previously had no place to play now have a useable field.
“I have decided to do the camp again, and build on the work we did last year,” said Cate. This summer, he is directing another camp for 25 elementary aged kids served by Wesley House from June 17 to 21.
"We provide the equipment, snacks, shirts, hats, everything," Cate says. "Last year we were also able to give each kid his/her own bat, glove, ball, bag, snacks, and a comic Bible to take home."
If you would like to help, here is a link to the projects Go Fund Me page. If you are interested in attending CAK, visit our admissions page.