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By Charlie & Susan Eavenson

Dear Beverly,
I just happened to stumble across your website and wanted to share an encouraging success story with you, and perhaps, with your readers. In 1991 my wife Susan and I started a homeschool high school baseball team because our son Clay was very talented in baseball. Our children had played on competitive high school basketball teams for a few years, but had never heard of a homeschool baseball team. We checked around and as far as we could tell we were the first in the country. 

People were telling us that we were going to ruin our son's life if we didn't let him go to public highschool to play baseball. We told them that if God wanted Clay to play college or professional baseball that He could certainly make a way.

To make a very long story short, the baseball team was very successful, we had many trials and tribulations with state Christian school associations. The program grew to include girls softball and basketball teams varsity boys, varsity girls, jv boys & jv girls. One of the questions you answered on your site was about getting your kids noticed by scouts. We can attest to the fact that homeschooled athletes can be noticed and scouted.

Our son was heavily scouted by colleges and professional baseball teams. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in 1996. They asked him to play one year of junior college baseball, while they maintained the rights to sign him up until 5 days prior to the 1997 draft. Clay received a scholarship to a junior college with one of the top baseball programs in the nation. He had a very good season. Immediately following the season Clay was signed by the Yankees. He received a large signing bonus plus a fund to pay for three years of college when he gets out of baseball.

When Clay was 3 years old he told us that he knew God wanted him to be a professional baseball player and a missionary. He has accomplished both. Clay spent three full years in the Yankees' organization, but was released at the end of this year's Spring Training. He has signed to play with the Waterbury, CT team of the independent Northern League. Most importantly, Clay has been a missionary everywhere he has gone. This spring he had 12 Yankee minor leaguers in his apartment every Tuesday for Bible study. One young man, a first round draft pick, who will undoubtedly make it to the major league level, prayed to receive Christ. The Lord has had a significant impact on the world of baseball through Clay.

I just thought you might want to hear about how God has worked wonderfully through our obedience to homeschool when it seemed such a difficult and foolish thing to do from the world's point of view. 

I want to encourage you and your readers to keep up the good work and stick with what God has called you to do.
Love & Blessings,

Charlie & Susan Eavenson

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