Yankee’s pitcher makes appearance at opening of walking path

By: Megan Palera

Joba Chamberlain grew up right here in Lincoln and although he now plays baseball for the big leagues, he's still challenging the community to be active.

It took three years to finally celebrate. A new $25,000 walking track at Holmes Elementary School is now complete. Here to help break in the new track was New York Yankees Pitcher, Joba Chamberlain.

Chamberlain says, “The game of baseball has been very fortunate to me and to have the opportunity to help as many people as I can is something that I'm honored and humbled to do.”

Chamberlain donated $1,000 which the MLB then matched to help build the track. It's all part of his Dream 62 Foundation.  Chamberlain wants to promote healthy, active lifestyles.  “He's a good friend of my family's, so I asked him if he could help us out. We need just a little more to promote the walking track and get to the end and so he was willing to donate and also ask for the MLB to donate. He just keeps donating to our school out of the goodness of his heart,” said 2nd grade teacher, Buffy Beerenstrauch.

The track is a community track and each month, themed events will be held on it to help raise money for new technology at Holmes Elementary. Chamberlain also has donated enough money to outfit five classrooms with cameras and projectors. He's become a big help to the community and a mentor to the kids.

Chamberlain says it's the kids that make his job all worth it, “Playing tag with the kids, just that memory that I created myself but also had the chance to share it with them.”

Chamberlain is recovering from elbow reconstructive surgery, which allowed him to be at the elementary school Monday night. He will be making several other appearances in Lincoln over the coming months.