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May 13th 2015:Giving Back - League 42

The Road to Complete Fitness continues to move with a goal of 1 million giving $1 a day. This week our focus returns to League 42 in Wichita, KS as Bob Lutz, founder of League 42 returns to the program. League 42 has brought baseball back to those that could not play otherwise with the advent of travel baseball and academy teams that make it very difficult for many families to afford to play America's Pastime. We will discuss Bob's experience in creating the league and Mickey will discuss his experience as a first year coach in League 42. Now imagine how many of these organizations we ca

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Bob Lutz (League 42)

For many years, organized baseball has been absent from many of Wichita’s inner city neighborhoods. While a small percentage of the underprivileged youth from those neighborhoods found a way to participate in distant leagues, a majority of those youth never got the opportunity to dig in at the plate, toe the rubber … or learn to love America’s true pastime. Wichita is not alone in this disheartening situation. For two generations, the percentage of minority youth who play baseball has steadily dropped throughout the nation. This trend has even affected Major League Baseball. After seeing African-American players fill 30% of its teams’ rosters in the 1970s, that percentage dropped to just
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