WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — Back in March WWAY aired a story that originated in Chapel Hill. It featured Wilmington’s Zion Kinlaw catching the first pitch at a Duke-UNC baseball game. The Tar Heels embraced Kinlaw at that game. They also embraced Zion back in October when the Wilmington fourth grader was given a behind the scenes tour of UNC’s Boshamer Stadium. “God has blessed me with this experience, Kinlaw said. “I just hope he will be able to bless others too.” Below is a link to the video from our original story.
Catching the first pitch last month was a thrill of a lifetime. Tuesday was just as big a deal though. It was Zion’s turn to play baseball. In fact it was his first baseball game since his brain surgery six months ago. Glen Kinlaw is Zion’s father. “It’s incredible to be able to be out here with Zion on the field again, Kinlaw said. “This is a moment we’ve looked forward to for months.
Raising money for the pediatric neurosurgery unit at UNC Chapel Hill is a mission for the catcher on the Mid-Atlantic Drilling baseball team. “Whenver I came back from the hospital in Chapel Hill I wanted to raise $10,000, Zion Kinlaw said. “That’s $1,000 for every year I was born. That makes $10,000 and now they’re going to be able to help other kids to give other blessings to other kids.”
Zion drew a walk in his first at bat on Tuesday. He clearly showed patience. Perhaps he learned that patience through the whole process of brain surgery recovery. Zion’s team won 12-3 to start the season on the right foot.