Jackie Robinson West player, family get helping hand for a fresh start

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

One of Chicago’s Little League champs and his family picked up a big check and a fresh start Thursday night.

By now, we all know the story of Jackie Robinson West, the national champions at this year’s Little League World Series. But when the cheering started to fade, another part of the story – a part both shocking and sad – came to light: One of the players was homeless.

The parents of Jaheim Benton - #8 on JRW – were unable to make rent on the family home. But for the owners of Leak & Sons Funeral Homes on the South Side, that wouldn’t do.

“You can’t make Chicago the great city that it is and the proud city that it is and then be homeless. I t just doesn’t mix,” said Spence Leak Sr.

So the 13-year-old little league hero and his family received a check for $12,000.

It’s a year’s rent for a modest home in south suburban Dolton.

“It means a lot. We don’t have to worry where we’ll be at tonight. We know where we’ll be tomorrow- in our own home,” Jaheim’s mother Devona said.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

5 comments

  • The Black Rush Limbaugh

    Mr. Leak would have done a better thing by giving the parants a job in his funeral business. The gift is a good thing, but only a tax wright off for the funeral home. The family needs an income not a gift. Mr. Leak has done a good thing, but people do not need gifts or assistance, they need to work and earn thier way. “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish, and he eats for a lifetime”: remember!

    • Tiffani

      I believe this is a great thing that the Leak Family did. To the person who it’s criticizing that he should have given him a job, what did you give?? People always have something negative to say. There are other ways to get tax write-offs. When is the last time you did something to truly help someone in need? If you don’t have anything positive to say and if you aren’t helping, then just be silent. For this family, a roof over their head is a huge start. Which is what most people need.

      Why don’t you think about ways you can change a life for a year before you criticize the goodness that someone else has done!

  • A. RAMOS

    YES I AGREE. ITS A BLESSING THEY GAVE THEM FREE RENT FOR A YEAR. BUT YOU CANT ALWAYS GET HELP. YOU NEED TO LOOK FOR WORK. ITS HARD! BUT THERE NOT ALWAYS GOIN TO BE HELP. MAY GOD BLESS THEM THO.