LIBERTY, Ohio (WYTV) – Jim Spisak is the president of the Liberty Township Baseball Association, but his work in the community doesn’t stop there. He’s also a coach, concession stand worker and groundskeeper.
Spisak volunteers almost six hours a day, in addition to his full-time job, doing everything he can to give young men the chance to do more than play baseball.
“I just want to give kids alternatives, because the way things are today, there’s gangs, there’s drugs, there’s everything,” he said. “I want kids to know that there’s an alternative you can turn to. You can learn to be a team, combine with other kids and form as one, and there’s other things you can do other than run around and get in trouble.”
Along with teaching young men to be better baseball players, Spisak teaches them life lessons to be better people. At the very least, he’s there for them to talk to if they need help or are going through a tough time.
“It’s not a bad thing to open up and come to somebody and say, ‘Hey, this is what’s going on. I need help. Help me. You know?” he said.
It is for this community work and outreach that Spisak is this week’s Hometown Hero. Spisak remained humble when receiving the award.
“The heroes are the policemen that patrol our streets every day, the men and women that patrol our borders every day,” he said. “Those are heroes. I really appreciate being nominated, but those are the heroes. Those are the people. I’m just a baseball coach.”