Magazine article The New American

The Diamond in the Rough

Magazine article The New American

The Diamond in the Rough

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Although Tim Lewis is homeless, he certainly does not fit the stereotype of a down-and-out homeless person. NBC Nightly News' Making a Difference told the story of this amazing Christian man who is not feeling sorry for himself, but is truly "making a difference" in spite of his situation.

Lewis lives in his car, which he parks in the Compton neighborhood of Los Angeles, the very rough, gang-infested neighborhood in which he grew up. Around the corner from his "home" is Sibrie Park, the ball park where the 52-year-old former alcoholic and drug abuser played Little League 40 years ago. Seeing the park forlorn and abandoned inspired Lewis to try to revitalize the field and use it as a base for his ministry--coaching local children and helping to keep them off the streets.

"Everybody needs to feel like they belong to something. I think that's why they join gangs. They want to be a part of something, a group," Lewis told NBC. Understanding that because of this the children in his neighborhood are at high risk for a life of crime and gang membership, he enlisted the help of the community to realize his dream of using baseball to fill that need to belong. "He came to us and said we needed to do something for the kids in the neighborhood," Billy Williams, a Compton resident who played ball at Sibrie in the 1950s, told the May 27 Los Angeles Times. Lewis was truly the driving force behind not only revitalizing Sibrie Park, but for reviving Little League throughout the entire Compton area. …

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