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Home run for 'Cool Kid' Denver Dubreuil

July 24, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Cool Kid Denver Dubreuil is an umpire for youth baseball in Moorpark and Simi Valley. He hopes to make a career as a professional umpire. However, he also strives to help inspire young kids in his community through sports."It's definitely a great feeling just being out here with the kids. It feels good to help them so they can play their games," says Denver.

It's more than just calling balls and strikes for Denver. He also helps to pick up spirits when they are a little low.

"Pitchers aren't throwing strikes, which is common at this age. I just tell them, 'Stick with it, just hang in there, stick with it?Hopefully you'll get out of it alright.' Just try to give them words of encouragement," says Denver.

Denver is a high school junior who says this job means more to him than many of the other activities out there.

"It's the best feeling. Because, I could be doing anything else, you know, but I'm out here with the kids. It makes me feel like I'm spending my time in a good place," says Denver.

This started out as a part-time job, but it could be a big part of this young man's future.

"If all things go well, I would like to go to a pro-umpiring school after I do some high school games. Because once I'm 18, I can do high school games. You know, really take it seriously and go to some pro-umpiring school. I mean, I really love it that much," says Denver.

Strikeout or home run, win or lose, community kids can play the game because of "Cool Kid" Denver Dubreuil.

 

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