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A Great Idea

Tuesday, September 6, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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From the e-mail bag:

Hugh,

My name is Jim Anderson. I’m a former major league baseball player and conservative Christian. I want to do something tangible and would like to ask your assistance, guidance and thoughts. I played 6 years in the big leagues with the Angels, Mariners and Rangers.

The crux of this memo is that I want to do something tangible and “stand in the gap”. I’ve already contacted the Angels regarding this, and what I’m seeking to do is this. Since I’m single, my kids are grown and have no girlfriend to muck up my plans and schedules, I’d like to go down to Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and other states that are housing the people and especially the kids who are displaced by this trajedy, and offer my time, free of charge to give baseball instruction and clinics to the kids. I’m willing to spend 2-3 months if necessary or until weather does not permit it any longer. I’ll need sponsors, as I’ll be giving up commissions, since I’m in real estate, as well as expenses in order to be able to facilitate this. I believe the kids need an outlet. As well as most of the kids are from poorer sections and I doubt they’ve ever been able to afford a clinic anyway. I figure I could accomplish this a number of ways. Through sponsorship, and donations, I could either drive down and pull a trailer full of the needed equipment. (And I believe I could get most of the equipment donated through MLB and assorted sponsors). I could then plan an itinerary whereby I could be say in this city one weekend, another city the next, and coupled with some guest appearances from other major league or former major league players who can’t committ to be able to be gone from their families for long periods of time, give clinics to those displaced by this disaster. I believe this could be an outlet for the kids to take their mind of what’s happened and also bring joy as well as instruction to the less fortunate.

Anderson’s e-mail is ja6to4to3@hotmail.com. If you’d like to sponsor some relief for the kids in these evacuation centers, drop him a note. Seems like a perfect opportunity for a sporting goods operation.

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