A chance meeting with a young 16 year-old girl on a street corner brought about a mental and spiritual connection and a changed outlook forever for Jeremy Affeldt.
“At some point, every athlete is confronted with wondering who they are and what their purpose is. No matter who they are, they’ve all been in bed at night wondering, “Why am I doing this? Who am I?” ” If I don’t use the talent God gave me to accomplish what I can on the mound–whether it be a regular season game or Game 7 of the World Series–for some greater good, then what’s the point?”

“What remains are the opportunities given to me to be able to do something off the field. Why not utilize those opportunities and make an impact?” Jeremy Affeldt

Jeremy is a pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, co-founder of Generation Alive, and author of To Stir a Movement, Life, Justice and Major League Baseball. Follow Jeremy on twitter @JeremyAffeldt.

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Huff Post Sports The Blog, April 21, 2015