A local youth baseball team is making the world a better place, one home run at a time.
One way the Bearcats are practicing to become a better team is by becoming better people, and this team is serious about baseball.
"I think we definitely play better and a lot harder," player Hunter Sewell said.
One simple idea has the Bearcats on a mission.
"What we could do to help us play better to focus our mind on the game and play for a higher purpose," Hunter said. "Our goal at the end of the season is to raise money to give children who can't play baseball like we can."
Hunter and his dad, Coach Brian Sewell, came up with the plan. If the Bearcats can do little things during the game to up their preformance on the field, parents and supporters donate money to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Brian said things like getting a bunch of base hits, holding a team scoreless and winning a tournament make them play better for a good reason.
"They understand the position they're in, and they want to do something about it, even in a small way. I'm just glad to be apart of it," Brian said.
Teammate Robby Guthrie knows all too well how it feels to be unable to play baseball. When he was eight Robby had kidney surgery and was out for most of the season.
"I love baseball so much. It just didn't really feel good," Robby said.
The bearcats are learning to sympathize with people less fortunate, in life not just in baseball.
"We are! Bearcats!" the team proclaimed.
So far the Bearcats have raised $550, and WBKO is going to follow the Bearcats this season and monitor their preformance on www.wbko.com. The Bearcats plan to give all of the money they raise to St. Jude in Memphis, Tenn., at the end of the season.
April 27-29, Owensboro, Ky.
May 4-6, Donelson, Tenn.
May 18-20, Hobson Grove Park, Bowling Green, Ky.
May 25-27, Memphis, Tenn.
If you'd like to help you can call Brian Sewell at (270)791-9250 his informaiton will also be on our website.
To find out more about St. Jude, check out their website at www.stjude.org. And to come up with your own fundraiser, check out www.fund-raiser.com for ideas and suggestions in order to help you help organizations like St. Jude, as well.