Local Umpire Powered by the Players
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – William Ross’s pastime is his job, umpiring. Whether it be calling outs in the field or fist bumps to little leaguers, umpiring baseball is ross’s passion.
That’s my life,” Ross said. “That’s what I do. That’s what makes me work every day. That’s what gets me out of bed every day.”
That pure love of the game can be felt by the players and coaches on the little league diamond.
He’s super encouraging and he’s always so nice to me,” Bowling Green East All-Star Little Leaguer Hank Nuse said. “He’s awesome.”
“Will isn’t just a friend to the coaches, to the board members, but an unbelievable friend to these kids,” Hank’s father Adam Nuse said. “And it’s something that is fun to watch from the beginning. As soon as he’s come out people know who Will is.”
Little Leaguers keep William going. Recently the league’s favorite man in blue was diagnosed with small cell carcinoma, an aggressive form of lung cancer.
But he’s fighting for something bigger than himself; his all-star friends on the field.
“The way the kids push me up, it’s like a feeder for me,” Ross said. “And I try to be a role
model to all kids because my childhood wasn’t as bright as the rest of theirs are.”
Several members of the community are giving back to the man who has given it all for their children, setting up a GoFundMe to help with his treatments.
With a goal of $25,000, the page has already grossed $14,000.
The Bowling Green East All-Stars even put a patch on their jersey for William Ross. No hesitation to help one of their own.
“We know that he has cancer and stuff that we’re trying to help him,” Hank Nuse said.
“BG has been here years, decades and we’re bigger than just the baseball games, bigger than the little league,” Adam Nuse said. “And it’s not all the time that we have somebody that we love that’s going through something hard. This is an opportunity for us to step up and show him that we love him, show him he’s not alone and that we have his back.”
While William will continue to teach kids on the field lessons about the game.
“I learned to always be like a good teammate and have to throw my curveball,” Hank Nuse said
He has an impactful life lesson for everyone.
“You’re going to get a curve ball in life all your life,” Ross said. “It’s what you do after
you get that curveball. I just want to let them know I’m fighting. I’m going to be here for the day. The good lord tells me to go home. Nobody else can tell me I’m going home but the good lord.”
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