August 4, 2020 | 2020 Media & News Stories
Steven Buller always knew that team sports were important, but his first season coaching baseball at Universal Audenried Charter High School was an eye-opening experience.
“It’s easy to forget that not every kid gets a chance to play youth sports, to attend summer camps, to be that winning pitcher when every one of your teammates, coaches, and family members is cheering for you,” Buller said.
“Not all kids get to attend schools with money for these kinds of formative experiences. I think that inequity is an absolute shame. It breaks my heart and it motivates me to keep doing what I’m doing.”
With a little help from an equipment grant, Audenried was able to start its baseball program in 2019. Buller said that the inaugural year for the baseball team had a profound effect on many involved.
The game also allowed Lafonse to form a stronger bond with his mother, who had played softball, and to grow into a leader on the field.
“He was able to raise his grades, come to school earlier and on time more often than previously, motivate himself to be a role model for the team and others, and allowed him to practice leadership by motivating and encouraging others to elevate their effort.”
Lafonse was named the team’s MVP.
“I believe baseball has changed Lafonses’s entire outlook on life, school, and his future.”
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