Homeschooled Red Sox

by Marvin Olasky

Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at 11:58 am

In many states, homeschooled students cannot play on public school sports teams. Homeschoolers should fight for equal rights—they pay taxes to support those schools—but big talent has a way of beating discrimination.

That’s the big news encapsulated in a tweet last week from the Wake County (N.C.) Homeschooled Warriors: Warriors pitcher Pat Goetze signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox and headed to the Red Sox training facility in Fort Myers, Fla.

As blogger Izzy Lyman informed me, “Pat has never played on a public or private school sports team. He found alternatives, outside the mainstream, to exercise his talents and stuck with them.” One of those alternatives: A baseball team with the great name Homeschooled Warriors, made up of kids from the North Carolina county that includes Raleigh, the state capital.

Goetze has a large frame (he’s 6-foot-6) and a large willingness to give thanks:

“I’m really blessed and thank God for this opportunity. It’s very special to have a pro team come look at you. … [I]t wasn’t easy for me to get that opportunity. … Give God the Glory. I will be the best I can be.”

Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. His latest book is World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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