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Student starts charity to support inner-city baseball in Cleveland

Posted at 12:37 PM, Dec 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-30 12:37:27-05

A nonprofit called “My Inner Warrior” is hoping to teach kids not just how to succeed at a sport — but how to succeed in life.

Started by Jack Hollingshead when he was just in high school, the charity’s goal is to provide better opportunities for inner-city baseball — whether it’s through training or equipment.

On Saturday, working with the Cleveland Baseball Federation and the Boys and Girls Club, “My Inner Warrior” sponsored 14 kids, ages 8 through 14, to participate in a baseball clinic at Mayfield High School.

Kids were able to learn basic baseball techniques or hone the skills they already have.

Hollingshead, who is now a sophomore at Wittenberg University and plays college ball, said he's grateful to give back what was given to him.

“Really being able to see that impact that we can make here,” Hollingshead said. “Kids can come here, they can learn how to play baseball or if they know how, we can help refine their skills a little bit, so that when they go out and play in their leagues, they have the skills that we taught them.”

Shirlann Lawson, assistant director for the Walton Boys and Girls Club, said what the sport and clinics teach kids most is to keep going.

“Even if they fumble, even if they fall, even if they miss it, they’re encouraged to get up and keep going and they can carry that into life,” Lawson said.

In the future, “My Inner Warrior” is hoping to help with college recruitment opportunities for high school athletes. For more information on the nonprofit, click here.