Lincoln school gets new sports equipment thanks to MiLB player

By: Lauren Fabrizi

It was ‘game on’ inside St. Mary’s Catholic School in Lincoln Wednesday as students got to hit the gym with Hickman native and Minor League Baseball player Jakson Reetz.

Reetz played baseball for Norris Schools. He was drafted to the Gulf Coast League Nationals in June. But he’s also been busy off the field with Game On 1125, a non–profit named after both his and his former coach’s numbers. They donate sporting goods to organizations in need. 

If you step inside St. Mary’s gym, the kids will tell you they’re in desperate need of new equipment. That’s why Bishop James Conley reached out to Reetz.

“What can I do to help this,” Reetz remembered asking himself. “That was the big question for me.”

That question was answered with a check for $2,000 and a set of new basketball and volleyball nets, presented by Reetz and Norris baseball head coach Jason Cullison Wednesday.

“There are a lot of gifted kids here,” Bishop Conley said. “So this is going to help in their training, and getting them to excel and learn.”

“I like the new equipment for basketball and stuff!” Veronica, a 2nd grade student, added.

“I like having the feeling of ‘everyone’s okay,'” Reetz said. “To get something so small such as a basketball, just makes your heart warm.”

Reetz leaves for Viera, Fla., Friday for spring training.