Mitzvot from the heart: Benjamin Pomerantz

Benjamin Pomerantz

Congregation Shaare Emeth

Benjamin believes that all kids should be able to be active and have fun. That is why he chose to be a “buddy” with Challenger Baseball, a league for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

“I really liked the project,” said Benjamin, son of Melissa and Andrew Pomerantz of University City. “It was fun for both my buddies and myself.”

Buddies help push players using wheelchairs around the base paths after a hit and help players get balls that get past them in the field. Most of all, volunteers like Benjamin help provide lots of encouragement, social interaction, and on-going friendships with the players.

Benjamin, a student at Brittany Woods Middle School, said that Challenger Baseball was a terrific experience.  “The kids are able to experience real baseball.  The players were really nice.  The coaches were really nice.  Everyone was a great sport and cheered for everyone,” he said.

The fundamental goal of Challenger Baseball is to give everyone a chance to play. Every player bats each inning and plays the field. They don’t count strikes or outs. Everybody scores and everybody wins.

If you would like to donate your time, energy, goods or funds to Challenger Baseball, please contact Buck Smith at 314-822-2518 or visit the website at