Kiwanis coach encouraging effort, praise - The Fayetteville Observer

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Anthony Alderman hobbled over to the gazebo at Honeycutt Park, a clipboard and papers clasped under his arm and a cup of coffee in his hand.

A knee injury from playing sports now affects his hips.

Alderman was among the first to arrive Saturday morning for the Kiwanis Recreation Center's Opening Day ceremony and slate of ball games.

In years past, the 55-year-old former educator worked with at-risk youth in the New York Department of Education school system.

He has only been in Fayetteville about five months, and is coaching an entry-level T-ball team for the first time. Anthony Shell, his grandson, is on the Kiwanis-based team and Alderman's eldest son, Reshon Shell, is helping out as an assistant coach.

A dozen boys, ages 3 and 4, make up the Braves.

"Baseball was sort of a tradition in my upbringing," Alderman said.

This bunch of youngsters, he said, brings a different dynamic from those he worked with before. "At the same time," he added, "you're dealing with young minds."

Thus far, the Braves have given Alderman a challenge. Some of his players have never before experienced baseball. For some, it marks their first conventional development outside of the home.

"There's no mistakes. No outs. We're just encouraging good effort, and praise," he said of his style of coaching T-Ball. "That's something you can nurture. It's not about the skill. It's not about winning yet."

 

— Michael Futch

 

 

 

 

 

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