Wednesday, July 14, 2010

South Side cop who coaches to be honored at All-Star Game

Fullman, of Chicago's South Side, was voted the White Sox's representative in "All-Stars Among Us," a nationwide program sponsored by Major League Baseball and People magazine that honors people serving their communities.

Fullman knows firsthand that helping youths early on may prevent them from making mistakes later.

His father, Gerald Fullman Sr., was killed one night when he tried to break up a gang fight. Kenny Fullman, a Chicago police officer, was 12 when his dad died.

"I think about him all the time. We had a very close-knit relationship," Fullman said Friday.

"I had just broken my leg playing baseball, and he was trying to cheer me up that morning. Then he's dead that evening," Fullman recalled.

Years later, he's following in his father's footsteps by "trying to make a difference."

That's why Fullman coaches varsity baseball at Harlan Academy, 9652 S. Michigan Ave., and also coaches White Sox Amateur City Elite, an inner-city baseball program sponsored by the White Sox Charities.

"This is a great outlet for the boys. It keeps them out of trouble. I'm just trying to help these kids. That's why I do it," he said.
Congrats to him!

I do however wonder what happened to the former baseball coach at Harlan, Rick Attreau.

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