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Ephesus Church Hosts Third Annual Baseball Competition

Story by Bryant Taylor

Benin Lee loves baseball and wants to instill that love in youth. Although Major League Baseball sponsors scores of their Pitch, Hit and Run baseball competitions for boys and girls aged 7-14 around the country, with the opportunity to advance to the national finals, there was no such competition in the Columbus, Ohio, area.

That is why three years ago, Lee, Health Ministries coordinator for Allegheny West Conference’s Ephesus church in Columbus, partnered with the Columbus Adventist Academy (CAA) to bring this event to local Seventh-day Adventist and community youth. In doing so, he hoped to promote fitness, develop confidence in the sport and create an inclusive opportunity for students to interact with their peers from other area Adventist churches. Lee also hoped it would inspire Adventist and community youth to attend Adventist schools with baseball programs.

The competition measures how accurately children can throw, how fast they can run and how far they can hit a ball. Each student is recognized for his or her achievements, and Lee is pleased to see how well they perform. “One year we had a girl from the Eastwood church set a record for hitting a ball over 150 feet. This year one child ran the 60 yards around the bases in 6.9 seconds,” he recalls.

"What motivates me is when I hear a child state that they can’t perform a certain skill and, after they try, they get more confidence. In the age when some children have already been playing a sport for several years I enjoy seeing our children set their own personal records,” Lee concludes.


Benin Lee, Health Ministries coordinator for Allegheny West Conference’s Ephesus church in Columbus, partnered with the Columbus Adventist Academy (CAA) to bring this event to local Seventh-day Adventist and community youth.