Jon Hood has grand plans for this year’s Cats, life after basketball

Jon Hood - photo by Tammie Brown |
– photo by Tammie Brown |

Jon Hood didn’t realize it at the time, but by the sixth grade, he already knew how he wanted to make a difference in this world.

Every Saturday, Hood, his family and his younger brother, Mitchell, made the 40-minute drive north from their home in Madisonville, Ky., so Mitchell could play in a special needs baseball league in Henderson, Ky. There weren’t any options for Mitchell, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, to play in any games around Madisonville, so drive north every week, every Saturday, they did.

After the game, before they headed home, they’d stop at Mister B’s in Henderson, grab some wings and spend some time with each other. Hood, who played an active part in helping his brother in the league, didn’t recognize it at his adolescent age, but those were some of the best times of his life.

He didn’t realize it until everything just stopped.

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