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Crespo Helps Deserving Kids Play Ball
Jim Ecker    
Published: Friday, December 17, 2010

Hector Crespo, a sophomore on the Appalachian State baseball team, is helping make the world a better place, one glove and one bat at a time.

Crespo and his family started “Hector’s Hit And Run” in 2009, providing baseball equipment for deserving kids in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, kids he doesn’t know and might never meet, but kids he wants to help.

“It’s going great,” he told Perfect Game USA.

Hector’s mother, Karen, is from Puerto Rico, and he got the idea for the charity on a trip to Puerto Rico with his mother to visit relatives. He saw kids playing baseball with  bare hands or sharing a glove, just to be able to play.

“These kids love baseball,” he said. “They love the game of baseball.”

Hector, from Miami, feels fortunate to play college ball. He has all the equipment he needs, but realizes other people are not as fortunate.

“It’s real humbling,” he said. “Just realizing how those kids don’t have much, and being able to do something about it. It feels good to give back.”

Hector finished his final exams at Appalachian State in Boone, N.C., this week and is back in Miami for the holidays. He’ll host a softball tournament this weekend in Miami to help raise money and equipment, which means more bats and balls will be arriving soon in a kid’s hands.

Hector and his mother sort the equipment, new or used, and his mother makes sure it ends up in the right place in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. They don’t see the smiles on the kids’ faces, but they know their efforts are greatly appreciated.

“We get feedback all the time,” he said. Letters arrive that say, “Thank-you, we really appreciate it.”

Hector’s father, Hector Sr., is from Cuba and works as a banker in Miami. His mother works in the mortgage industry, and Hector is majoring in accounting at Appalachian State.

Hector, 19, hit .335 as a freshman for Appalachian State last season and was named a freshman All-American. “Awesome,” he said of his rookie campaign.

“Hector’s Hit And Run” is pretty awesome, too.

Anyone wishing to donate equipment can go to Hector’s web site at www.HeckysHitAndRun.weebly.com.