One of the perks of being part of the Action Team is the invitation to participate in a monthly conference call featuring a Major League baseball player and hosted by legendary baseball broadcaster, George Grande.
Last month, during the Action Team’s April conference call we spoke with Seattle Mariners catcher, John Buck, about his volunteering efforts and the difference you can make in your community.
“I think it all started in high school,” stated Buck, as he discussed his yearning to be a leader in community service.
Growing up, Buck learned that he was dyslexic, making it harder for him to read. However, he never let that hold him back from accomplishing his goals.
“It was harder for me to read, but it also benefited me in baseball, because I would learn things in patterns. I was able to learn how my brain works and apply that to baseball.”
Buck discussed how his dyslexia introduced him to other students who suffered from different disabilities and needed help throughout the classroom. He saw this as an opportunity to help those students with their everyday needs.
“I got more out of helping those kids get from class to class and that made a lasting impression on me.”
Volunteering and charity work continue to be something that both he and his wife, Brooke, value greatly.
Together, they created a program called the Buckaroos, which gave foster children the opportunity to attend a baseball game and meet the catcher prior to each game.
One specific cause Buck is passionate about is working with causes supporting autism. When his cousin was diagnosed with autism, he began researching and learned so much about it and the difficulties that autistic children have to deal with.
“The brain functions in a different way, which is why it touched home with me being dyslexic.”
He immediately wanted to help.
Buck bought a special needs dog for his cousin that is trained to assist and offer a calming effect when he has sensory issues. After seeing the amazing effect the dog had for his cousin, John began raising money and awareness for related charities so that other children with autism can receive the same assistance.
“Special needs dogs are expensive,” John said, “And sometimes these avenues are not there for them because they can’t afford it.”
Buck is proof that there is always inspiration to volunteer and always someone who can use a helping hand. He had nothing but encouraging words for the Action Team Captains as the conference call wrapped up.
“People like you literally change lives and sometimes I think our world gets lost on who the real heroes are and you guys are definitely one of them.”
To listen to April’s Action Team conference call, please click here.