The baseball teams at Clayton and Cleveland high schools have come together to help build a park and baseball field for special-needs children.
At a recent game at Clayton High, the baseball teams presented a $1,040 check to the Partnership to Build a Miracle. The teams made their donation in memory of Hogan Teem, the Clayton High player who died after collapsing during a preseason workout in December.
Teem had volunteered with the Miracle League of Johnston County, a baseball league for special-needs youngsters.
“The Miracle League gave him an opportunity to participate in something that combined two things he cared about very much – baseball and helping others,” said Hogan’s mother, Allyson. “He always enjoyed his time with those children.”
Chris Key is campaign chairman of the Partnership to Build a Miracle. “When Hogan passed away, his family requested that all donations be made to the Partnership to Build a Miracle, and so far, over $4,000 has been given in Hogan’s name,” Key said.
One of the Cleveland players said the coaches and players wanted to honor Teem’s memory. “He meant so much to everyone in our area, and we know this is what he would have wanted,” the player said.
The Partnership to Build a Miracle is a collaboration between the Miracle League and the Partnership for Children of Johnston County. The Miracle League will be building a baseball field and the Partnership for Children a park, both for special-needs children. They have come together to raise the money for both projects.
“The community has been so supportive,” said Monty McLamb, executive director of the Miracle League. “This donation is special because Hogan had spent so much time with these kids. He loved coming to the games to help and would be excited to know we are so close to building the field.”
For more information, or to make a donation in memory of Teem, call the Partnership to Build a Miracle at 919-601-5080 or visit its website at www.partnershiptobuildamiracle.com.