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Everyday Heroes

Dean Klassman

It is easy to honor champion company founders when their success is obvious. I would like to start a series on this page to recognize heroes – and you know who they are. Those who go completely and totally out of their way to bring about something great in the world.

So let’s talk about Dean Klassman, a hero from Illinois. Dean created and runs a program called Buddy Baseball. It is not his day-job and Dean receives no pay. The Buddy Baseball program pairs one or more able-bodied kids with special needs kids to help them play baseball – and everyone, I mean everyone, scores a home run and gets cheered on. When you actually see a couple hundred people show up for each game, and the joy that it brings to everyone involved, it is easy to be inspired. And isn’t that what our heroes should help us feel?

Who do you know who is an everyday hero? E-mail info@howtheydiditbook.com so that we can feature your pick in an upcoming post.

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A Painless Way to Pay Forward

How fast does technology obsolesce itself? Speedy quick. But of course not everyone’s on the leading edge, and there are many school systems and children who have zero or very limited access to computers. And we all know how far you’ll get in the world if you are not tech savvy.

Luckily there’s a charity called Technology for Humanity that helps solve the problem. Donate computer equipment that you are no longer using and the rest is taken care of. My friend Andy Vass is the champion behind this initiative.

So to make a difference this Thanksgiving season, contact Andy via the Technology for Humanity website. Thank you.

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