Sometimes it is good to engage in a cause that is greater than yourself. Our boys warmed the hearts of the families of veterans with their energy and smiles. Smiles that contagious can fill a house. In this case, the Fisher House in Hines, Illinois. The Renegade 12U travel baseball team helped make breakfast for the families staying at the Fisher House, steps away from the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

Fisher Houses allow the families to remain by the side of their loved ones during the toughest of battles — the battle for continued health after service. Fisher House Foundation builds comfort homes where military & veteran families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital. These homes are located at military and VA medical centers around the world. The only Illinois Fisher House has 20 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room, and an inviting living room. Fisher Houses at VA medical centers do not charge a room fee; all guest families can arrange to stay for extended time for free.

The 12U team had parents and family members inspired with high spirits and full stomachs by making a full spread for breakfast. By the end of the morning, the team had changed the outlook of everyone in the house. They made friends and received plenty of hugs and gratitude. It truly is touching to see the faces of folks with a lot on their minds smile with joy. It was hard not to smile, watching the boys in action, working together, laughing, and plating more bacon for house guests. All five senses were delighted by the delicious smells, sights, and sounds of cooking and laughter. The 12U boys all worked together to provide a full breakfast offering of pancakes, sausage, bacon, hash browns, eggs and fruit. 

And for many who have family that served, the Fisher House allows them to continue to support and be there for their loved ones. This time they had someone help support them. Just another experience helping our boys become class athletes. 

There are many ways to help the foundation or each house, by volunteering, bringing supplies or donating. To learn more or how to get involved, visit