Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thorne Talks Baseball to Kishwaukee Kiwanis


J. D. Thorne gave his 10 Commandments of Baseball presentation at the June 23rd Kishwaukee Kiwanis (http://kishkiwanis.org/) meeting yesterday at the Hopkins Park Terrace Room in Dekalb, Illinois. Kiwanis International is described as a “global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Members develop youth as leaders, build playgrounds and raise funds for pediatric research. They help shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged and care for the sick. Working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. And along the way, club members share friendship and laughter.” (Shown above is Kishwaukee Kiwanis Park Playground)

At his Kiwanis presentation, J. D. spoke about how the baseball commandments have become part and parcel of good youth programs and can also be useful life principles as well. Application of baseball mantras like “run them all out,” “do not quit,” and “hustle” can help everyone improve their game in not only sports but life. The baseball principles were briefly noted in J.D.’s presentation and then illustrated with stories from baseball past that are funny, yet poignant. The presentation is based on Thorne’s book, The 10 Commandments of Baseball (see www.sportingchancepress.com).

At Sporting Chance Press, our authors have shared friendship and laughter with the “salt of the earth” folks who make community service a keystone in their lives. J. D. Thorne is a frequent and favorite speaker at service organization meetings along with many other venues. These programs and the volunteers who manage them are inspirational. Attending these service organization meetings has given us a glimpse into the good work these groups do all over the country.

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