Joshua from Coahoma County Youth Outreach

Joshua started playing in the Coahoma County Youth Outreach when he was 15.  Before signing up to play baseball he was not popular in class and was very reserved.  He struggled in school and was getting caught up with the wrong crowd, which resulted in getting suspended and skipping school.  Through baseball he found something he excelled at.  Baseball was the incentive for him to do better.  Coahoma County Youth Outreach Director Ben Earnest noticed a big change in his life because of baseball.  He became more focused on baseball, which meant he needed to perform academically to be able to play.  After participating in the program for 4 years, he is now playing college baseball at Coahoma County College.  He comes back in the summer and volunteers in the program by helping with training clinics.  Without baseball, he like many kids in the league would have stopped playing and may have dropped out of school. 

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