Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock these past two weeks, you should have some knowledge of two great stories about the Little League Baseball Tournament that was going on at South Williamsport, Pa. Where we saw a 13 year old phenom young lady named Mo’ne Davis of the Taney Dragons of Philadelphia and the Jackie Robinson West team from Chicago’s Southside compete for the little league championship. The young Sister, Mo’ne, with her 70 mile per hour fast ball, and beautiful long flowing dreadlockes flowing from under her baseball cap, drew big crowds at the tournament, and on ESPN set a new record for the most-watched Little League World Series telecast. While the Jackie Robinson West team won the Little League Championship by beating Las Vegas 7 to 5. A team they had lost to days before 13 to 2. These two examples of African American children being successful can be and should be an excellent teaching model to our community in all areas. First of all you have great leadership from coach’s, parents and the children themselves. Secondly, you have structure, where the children are expected to show up on time and be ready to play the game with enthusiasm, focus and discipline. The youth are expected to not only perform well, but follow the rules of the game, respect the authority of their coach’s and game officials (referees) and be good sportsmen/women. The AAU (American Athletic Union) system is a great model that can be used in all areas for our youth, that has produced many of the great athlete’s that we see today. These athlete’s are dedicated to their craft, they play it everyday, and that’s what separates them from other athletes. They play the game or some type of game year around. Which allows them to master their sport because they devote the time and effort necessary to make them real good at what they do. The same can be done for all other fields in our community, be it business, medicine, law, plumbing, electrical, computers, coding, music and the arts. You name it, we should be using this athletic model in all areas to produce world class citizens who not only make great wages, but can uplift our community to a championship status that makes us self sufficient in all area’s of life. It’s no secret that our community produces great athletes and it should be no mystery that we can’t produce great everything by using the same model to produce great athlete’s and great leaders in all aspects of our lives. Using the model that produced Lebron James, Mo’ne and the Jackie Robinson West team, we can make our communities throughout the African Diaspora the championship caliber communities we should be in all area’s of life and not just sports.
By Kefing Moor