“The love of what is right is easily communicated.”
— A meditation by Saint John Baptist De La Salle
By Melissa Hale-Spencer
Sometimes a life can be crystallized into moments, each one distinct and riveting.
Kenny Decker remembers throwing the opening pitch for a ValleyCats game last year. A Yankees’ fan, he loves the sport. When the West Coast matches are too late for him to watch, he checks the next day’s newspaper to catch up.
He was at the ValleyCats game with a group from the La Salle School.
“It was nerve-wracking with all the fans watching,” he said. “I think I threw it over the plate.”
Decker was recognized yesterday with five other local kids who have beaten the odds — who have gotten the ball over the plate despite their hardships — at a luncheon put on by the Rotary Club of Albany.
Decker shared another snapshot: He was recently confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church. He’s over six feet tall and weighs 163 pounds. He’s fit and active — most comfortable outdoors in casual clothes.
But there he was in a suit and tie in a church filled with 600 people. He walked down the church aisle towards the bishop with Rev. Richard Ward, the La Salle campus minister, a half-foot shorter, literally and figuratively behind him.