Raleigh Little Leaguers show big-league compassion
Posted August 27, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — The spirit of compassion overcame competition for a Raleigh Little League team, moving players and parents to support a Laurinburg boy dealing with something much bigger than the game.
Creed Sellers, 9, lives for baseball. “Honestly, I have no desire past baseball," he said.
But, after a December diagnosis of lymphoma, it was a desire put on hold. Creed's only chance to be around the game this summer came at a tournament in July where he threw out the first pitch.
"To be able to hold a ball and go out on a baseball field, it makes me happy," Creed said
When rival players at West Raleigh learned of his struggle, they made a choice that demonstrated sportsmanship at the highest level.
"Somebody who was in the middle of playing a sport they really enjoyed couldn't play anymore,” recalled West Raleigh pitcher Mason Moffett. “I was sad for him."
"We got to help somebody else and not just ourselves," said Asher Lucas.
West Raleigh decided to play the sport for one who couldn't. They dedicated their season to Creed.
"What Creed was all about, and his story, was very inspirational,” West Raleigh head coach Sean Gallaher said. “I think they picked up on that."
When the team capped off their successful summer by winning the regional championship and naming Creed their MVP, the Sellers family emotions let loose.
"It was amazing,” said Creed's father Gray Sellers. “You don't expect that.
"I laughed. I cried,” he admitted. “Creed was ecstatic."
"(I am) overwhelmingly proud of them as children,” Creed’s mother Bette said. “That they can understand as children."
The West Raleigh team was so moved by Creed's story, that they took up a collection for the Sellers family. Then they presented the family with a check worth way more than whatever number was written on it.
"I felt great doing it," Moffett said.
"There's no way to describe it,” Gray Sellers said. “Overwhelming."
Kids learn many things on a baseball field: competition, hard work and the value of a team among them. This summer, one group from Raleigh learned what it means to care.