A nine-year-old umpire is inspiring players and fans alike
It was the final day of house league baseball for the Muskoka Hornets and an inspiring young umpirewas on hand to call the games.
Christian Hauk, 9, is one of the youngest umpires in Ontario, but age doesn’t matter because Hauk has an eye for the sport.
“He doesn’t miss a thing, a great sense of humour, loves the game,” says Helen Payne, umpire in chief for Hornets Baseball. “Knows the game very, very well, and he’s just energetic, very helpful, comes every week never misses.”
Haukhas cerebral palsy and he can’t play baseball anymore because of it. However, that hasn’t stopped him from suiting up to call balls and strikesfor the game he loves.
“He doesn’t see himself as disabled. He just wants to be part of everything just like all the other kids. And, I don’t discourage that” says Christian’s father, Allan Hauk. “He loves baseball, his sister plays select ball, we’re always at the diamond and this is the best way to get him into it.”
"It's awesome with the kids, and it's fun for me because I can ump with other umps," says Hauk.
While Hauk is on the field making the tough calls, he’s also inspiring both players and fans alike.
“It’s awesome, it inspires the kids.” Michael Holme with the Muskoka Hornets says, “It’s pretty cool to come to the ball park every day and see his enthusiasm, just wants to be here.”