Prison Time Inspired This Chicago Man to Start a Baseball Club to Keep Kids Off the Streets
It’s true — not all heroes wear capes!
And one of those heroes is named LaVonte Stewart.
He founded Lost Boyz Inc., a non-profit organization on the South Side of Chicago (yep, hometown of former first lady Michelle Obama!) focused on violence prevention through organized baseball.
“Gangs and violence became a way of life for a younger generation, and it has plagued the community for the last 20 to 30 years,” says LaVonte. “They’re very accustomed to violence — they’re inundated with it on a daily basis. You can go in a classroom anywhere on the South Side of Chicago, and ask kids how many people know someone who’s been shot. And probably every hand in the classroom is going to go up.”