At 6’3” and 220 lbs., the big left handed pitcher is an imposing presence on the mound. His ERA in the last two years was 2.28, and 2.53, with 554 strikeouts. Kershaw–who has been compared to the great Sandy Koufax–has been announced as the opening day starter for the third consecutive year.
But its Kershaw’s off the field story line that is even more incredible that his pitching prowess. Kershaw is a class act.
Before he won his CY Young, Kershaw visited Africa with his wife Ellen and a mission-based organization called Arise Africa. That trip inspired them to write a book: Arise: Live Out Your Faith and Dreams on Whatever Field You Find Yourself . Kershaw said the message of serving others, seen throughout the book, can help people find meaning in their lives.
Kershaw has spent time with the Zambian people. He calls them a “joyful people”, and he and his wife say their story takes them from the dirt of the pitching mound to the dirt roads in Zambia.
Kershaw speaks to young people. He encourages and challenges them, and all of us, to live out our faith and our dreams. Kershaw says they want a generation of young people to—Arise. He wants people to find their purpose and calling; to understand it is more blessed to give than to receive.
No matter your faith, it is good to see such a great story. For all that’s wrong in our world, isn’t it wonderful to know there is a young, talented, MLB pitcher that is offering a message of inspiration to the young fans.