At the age of 22, former Phenix City and Walnut Creek Crawdad, Joey Lewis, is transforming his life. Rather than hanging out with friends, working, or vacationing this summer, Joey is continuing his stay in Medellin, Colombia. While working with More Than A Game, the Crawdads non-profit organization, Joey was on the Colombian trip last week where he helped lead clinics and distribute equipment to the children of Colombia. Now Joey will continue his service experience and do even more to help the children of Colombia by staying another two months in the country. Although he had planned on staying in Colombia for an extended two months prior, the group trip helped acclimate Joey to what his experience in Medellin would be like.
Having been involved with the Crawdads organization, and More Than A Game, for going on three years, Joey has gained values that will stick with him forever. “I’ve always loved baseball and once had professional dreams. Now that my career is coming to an end I want to get more involved with More Than A Game” said Joey. “More Than A Game gave me something to rely on when I didn’t know what I wanted to do. It continues to humble me and help me grow as a person” continued Joey, “More Than a Game has given me a greater appreciation for life and I am more grateful for the trips I’ve been able to experience.” Joey previously went to Panama with More Than A Game.
While Joey stays in Colombia for the next two months, he has set a few goals for himself. He would like to learn to fluently speak Spanish, continue to help the Envigado Little League program, and make new relationships. “I look at this as a great opportunity to create lifelong friends and serve others” stated Joey. “This will be a turning point in my life now that my baseball career is over.”
The inspiration behind Joey’s decision to remain in Colombia stems from his past experience with More Than A Game, and its President, Tim Fanning. “The Panama trip was my first real service experience” said Joey. “It inspired me to keep serving by bringing me out of my comfort zone and allowing me to help those in need. I plan to carry this on and expand the game of baseball here in Colombia.”
While Joey will be helping grow the game of baseball in Colombia, serving the Colombian people in need, and studying Spanish, he is also enthusiastic about his future. Once he returns to the States, Joey plans on completing his degree at Columbus State University, continue contributing with More Than A Game, lead service trips to Spanish speaking countries, and head to law school. Joey has a bright future ahead of him and we wish him all the best as he changes the world by serving others.