"People tell me I'm a hero, but I don't think so. We're all heroes."
Art Schlangen had dreams of becoming a baseball great. As an amateur ball player, he pitched, worked the infield, and served as a utility player. Those dreams came to an end in 1974 when a car accident put him in a wheel chair.
But baseball is a powerful game, and Art couldn't keep away from it. In 1975, the Roscoe Rangers Baseball Team recognized him for his service to their club. Since then, he's volunteered for the Little Dipper Little League, the Stearns County Legion Baseball League, the Stearns County Amateur Baseball League, and the Roscoe Community Club. This marks his 20th year of coaching little league teams.
"I have been there so long, it's just normal. They don't treat me different."
Art now coaches the children of some of his original players. While he pushes his wheelchair around the ball field, Art pushes the kids to do their best. No matter what their ability level, Art makes sure every kid gets to play. He also tries to teach them three things: Have fun, do the best you can, and sportsmanship.
"If you try hard, you can't lose."
SPECIAL CHARITY: Roscoe Community Recreation Club, & Roscoe Rangers Baseball Club