Elite Story – Brett’s Passion
2021: Staying with making a difference in expanding participation in baseball, we found a Chicago based organization to work with. In April of 2021, we were able to donate a whole trailer worth of goods including over $2,000.00 in brand new (high-end) gear plus used gloves, tees, catcher’s gear, helmets, bats, spikes, etc.
Brett and LaVonte will continue to work together to not only get more kids on the field, but bridge the gap of suburban and city communities through baseball.
Overview – The Lost Boyz, Inc.
The organization was founded in 2009 by LaVonte Stewart, an area resident, who felt a call to action after witnessing antisocial behavioral patterns increasingly impact local youth. Having experienced firsthand the profound impact baseball can have on a child’s development, LaVonte rallied the community around organized youth baseball. In 2014, Lost Boyz observed this persistent pattern affecting young ladies as well. There we extended our service to include girls. Our programs include both girls and boys.
Our mission is to provide sports-based youth development to help boys and girls in Chicago’s under-resourced neighborhoods develop confidence, resilience, and life skills.
At Lost Boyz, we provide instruction, training, and the competition of organized baseball and softball to youths who are not as likely exposed to the game and its many disciplines. We use this platform to influence and impact their lives, resulting in character development, positive output, and good decision making.
We currently serve up to youths ages 4-24 from the Chicago South Shore neighborhood. In an area of just 2.93 square miles, Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood ranks in the top 20% among Chicago’s 77 community areas for violent crime reports. In this neighborhood, 31.5% of residents live below the poverty level as compared to 18.7% city wide.
In the fall of 2019, we added two additional baseball teams geared towards youth boys ages 12-14. These teams are based in the predominantly Hispanic, low-income neighborhoods of Pilsen and Humboldt Park.