Bill Hall is proud of his achievements both on and off the field.
"I've been involved in the community since I first came up," the Brewers center fielder said. "I'm fortunate enough to have won a community service award a couple of times."
As a rookie in 2004, Hall won the Michael Harrison Award for community service, presented by the Brewers. The next year, the Milwaukee chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America honored him with the team's "Unsung Hero Award."
But after his breakthrough campaign in 2006, in which he hit 35 homers, the Milwaukee BBWAA not only voted Hall team MVP, but also honored him with the Brewers Good Guy award.
Hall's not looking for more honors. They will simply be a by-product of a personal commitment.
"You always want to give back to the community," Hall said. "That's what I've done my whole career. You care about people who are not as fortunate as me, to help them get a little bit of happiness."
Hall's focus these days is on baseball's RBI Program and breast-cancer awareness programs.
"We want to get more young black kids to be involved in baseball," he said.
But can the RBI Program bring inner-city youths back to baseball? Hall is optimistic RBI can provide the turnaround.
"I think it's getting more and more noticed, and more players are pushing the program harder and harder," he said. "So hopefully in the near future those numbers will start going back up.
"I think it's good to play all the sports and then figure out what you like the best. Catch them at a young age so they're not so heavily involved in basketball and football."
Hall's emergence as a star center fielder cannot help but advance the RBI cause.
"You have to get your face out there, let these kids see you and let them know there's more opportunities than basketball and football. Anything you want to do. Try to get them involved as much as possible."
Hall was impressed by baseball's big entrance into breast cancer awareness in 2006.
"I'm getting involved in the breast cancer awareness program -- the pink bats last year seemed to provide a good foundation in which I could get involved," he said.
Story courtesy Red Line Editorial.
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