Monday, April 13, 2009

From Baseballs to Brooms

He started playing baseball at age 12 in the Dominican Republic. He signed professionally at 16 with the Cincinnati Reds in the U.S. and played for six years. After he got married and became a father, he stopped playing baseball because it wouldn’t have provided reliable money for his growing family.
Meet Rainer Feliz—who is always cracking jokes, laughing and teasing as he collects trash and cleans bathrooms on Gordon’s campus. He works for Physical Plant, and his day starts when most people are leaving for the day. His job is behind the scenes and often thankless—but he does it amidst jokes and laughter. And any chance he gets, he shows off photos of his beautiful—and growing—baby.
“I may play baseball again in July,” he says. He misses pitching and playing professionally. But he is sacrificing for his family and doing a good job at that.
He, along with his colleagues, quietly keeps this campus running like clockwork—with a smile on his face and joy in his work.

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