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By LARRY VAUGHT
Reader C.D. Gentry of Lexington wanted to share something special that Brad Walls, one of the owners of Aggie Sale Sports Shop in Harrodsburg, has been doing to help special children in Ukraine through a program called Youth of Ukraine Phoenix Project Baseball/Softball.
“I just wanted to inform you of a tremendous program that is presently in its seventh year in Ukraine. A young man by the name of Chad Liddle answered the call of Our Lord several years ago to journey to Ukraine and introduce the games of baseball and softball to the populace,” Gentry said.
“The program sets its sights primarily on orphans and at-risk children (homeless). Recently, a team of orphans of Little League age boys and one girl competed in the Ukrainian Championship and finished second. This team along with the first-place team will now travel to Poland to compete in the European Little League Tournament to see who travels to America to compete in the Little League World Series.”
So how is Walls, who Gentry has known since he was 6 years old, involved?
“Brad and Aggie Sale Sports Shop have donated gloves, balls, batting helmets, batting gloves, hats, shirts, pants, catcher’s gear and some other items to the children of Ukraine for this project. The equipment that Aggie Sales has donated to date has made it possible for many more children to participate in the games of baseball and softball in Ukraine,” Gentry said.
He sent pictures of a team composed of orphans from the Mizoch Boarding School in the city of Rivne receiving some of the new equipment that was shipped to them in mid-May.
“We shipped three boxes that day, all donated equipment from Brad and the good folks at Aggie Sales,” Gentry said.
“Thanks to everyone who help make this possible in the state of Kentucky,” Gentry said. “Hope you can do a story about this gesture of compassion, generosity, kindness and love that these folks at Aggie Sale have extended to these precious children in Ukraine.”
Consider it done because this is the kind of story that should make us all feel good, and also want to look for ways we can help others.