Former MLB star Jim Abbott traveled to Flint, MI to promote childhood literacy on March 19, where he took the time to read to the kids on site and worked with the United Way of Genesee County to make this special event successful. Abbott traveled all around the town, which happens to also be his hometown, and gave numerous talks to get children at the grade-level enthusiastic about reading. He started out the day by giving a press conference talk at the General Motors location nearby at around 9:30am, and then went on to make a few hospital visits to interact with the children who are staying there. In addition to that, he visited the maternity ward and talked to many of the families who were inside the centers.
Abbott was born without a right hand, but that didn’t stop him from pursuing a sports career that many would think impossible with such a handicap. He took on the role as a pitcher and found that he was very good at it, and went on to play with the California Angels in 1989 to 1992. From there he did seven more years in the MLB with teams such as the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, and Milwaukee Brewers until he retired in 1999. One of his highest moments playing baseball was on September 4, 1993 when he pitched a no-hitter game. Prior to joining the big leagues he also played for his university, Michigan, who inducted him into their hall of fame in 2007.
The retired pitcher was happy to return home to see friends and family, and to inspire the children of the town to read more books and work hard in school.
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Jim Abbott Speaks about spreading the word on his child literacy project with the United Way: