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.