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Let's Play Ball

August 4, 2013 - Mike Mathison
Regina Blanchard had a vision to help the kids.

And, that vision can be seen Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center in Steubenville.

The program — Let's Play Ball — begins at 5:30 p.m. on those days and Blanchard wants kids off the streets and into the gym where they can play ball in a structured environment and be mentored.

But, more importantly, she wants them off the streets.

Bob Platt, Larry Neptune and others are volunteering their time to help these kids and it starts at age 6.

She is always looking for more men to step up and be a leader to these kids.

This is not just a summer thing.

Blanchard's vision is for this to go year-round in an attempt to give kids the structure and commitment to do something other than be on the streets.

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." — Proverbs 22:6

Our job as adults is to train children.

We teach and they follow.

Children will follow just about anybody they look up to.

That will range from parents to coaches to teachers to preachers to drug dealers and anywhere in between.

Whether it is Ephesians 6:4, Colossians 3:21, Psalm 78:4 or Isaiah 38:19, to name a few, God has commanded us to teach children.

And, teaching children through sports, especially basketball, is something all men can do.

Why basketball?

All you need is a ball and a place to play.

Children can learn teamwork and communication through basketball rather quickly.

You learn real quickly how important communication is when you unknowingly run into a screen.

Those hurt.

This is your invitation to help the future.

Guide them.

Mentor them.

Teach them.

Love them.

Help them.


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