Astros’ Springer plays role model for Houston youth at fundraiser

George Springer hosted a bowling event this week for a cause very dear to his own heart: stuttering.

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Houston Astros right fielder George Springer may be out of action nursing a fractured wrist, but that doesn’t mean he’s totally incapable of making his presence felt.

On Monday, Springer hosted a bowling event in Houston geared around raising money for kids interested in attending Camp SAY, a summer camp for kids who stutter.

As MLB.com’s Alyson Footer reported, the cause is close to Springer’s heart considering he has battled a stuttering issue for his entire life. 

As a solid role model for the kids, Springer passed on some hopeful wisdom to them at the event, as quoted by Footer: "It’s OK to be who you are. Don’t let that stop you. Enjoy life and have fun. Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do it, because you can. I’m proof. You’re here. I’m here. You’re an individual, you’re going to grow up, you’re going to enjoy your life. Don’t let anything you can’t control stop you."

Footer noted that several of Springer’s Astros teammates, including Lance McCullers and Carlos Correa, attended the event. 

The young outfielder was fully aware of the impact his speech could have on the kids: "It’s special to know that I understand from first-hand what these kids are experiencing and what they’re feeling and how they feel every day. I understand that."

Even more intriguing were Springer’s comments regarding Houston Texans star J.J. Watt, who has become something of a hero due to his numerous charitable engagements and all-around ‘good guy’ persona: "That’s your job. We wouldn’t be here without the support of everybody else. There are guys in Houston right now like Watt — he’s an icon here. When you’re in the spotlight and people know who you are, you need to give back. You need to do things for the community first. Obviously your job is a sport, but also you have a responsibility to give back to kids and the whole community."

Springer may be young in age, but he already seems to have a solid grasp on his dual role as baseball player AND role model. 

(h/t MLB.com)