At the age of 23, Joey Lewis, has transformed his life through More than a Game. Joey has played on both Crawdads collegiate summer baseball teams, in Phenix City, Alabama and Walnut Creek, California, gone on service trips to Panama, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic, and not to mention, whiles others his age might struggle with the vicissitudes of being in their early twenties, Joey took bold leap and moved to Colombia to build a baseball program and learn Spanish.
Having been involved with the Crawdads organizations, and More Than A Game, for going on 4 years, Joey has gained values that will stick with him forever. “I’ve always loved baseball and once had professional dreams. Now that my career has ended, I am fully involved with More Than a Game” said Joey. “More Than a Game gave me something to rely on when I didn’t know what I wanted to do. It continues to humble me and help me grow as a person” continued Joey, “More Than a Game has given me a greater appreciation for life and I am more grateful for the trips and projects I’ve been able to experience.”
In Colombia Joey was able to work with the baseball players of Medellin and Envigado. Lending guidance to the Envigado Cubs, He even helped make two young men's dream come true, providing them with the opportunity of going to the United States to play summer baseball for the Phenix City and Walnut Creek Crawdads teams. “This was a great opportunity to create lifelong friends and serve others” stated Joey. “This was the turning point in my life when my baseball career was over.”
The inspiration behind Joey’s decision to remain in Colombia stems from his past experience with More Than a Game, and its founder, Marshall Murray. “The Panama trip was my first real service experience” said Joey. “It inspired me to keep serving by bringing me out of my comfort zone and allowing me to help those in need. I plan to carry this on and expand the game of baseball wherever I go.”
While Joey helped grow the game of baseball in Colombia and learned a new language, he is also enthusiastic about his future. This fall he will begin law school at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He plans to continue contributing with More Than A Game. He currently has a community outreach projects in Columbus, Georgia, and Wichita Falls, Texas, that will provide these communities free instruction, equipment and field restoration. But for this man there is always more...He plans to create a prominent presence with MTAG in Pittsburgh. Proving he really has become a transformational figure!