I believe in the power of sports. You can learn a lot of life lessons by bringing people together with energy and a common purpose.
Despite suffering broken bones, nearly a dozen surgeries due to being born with a rare bone disorder, Chaz Kellem hasn't let that slow him down
His passion for making a difference in the Pittsburgh region recently brought him to the YWCA of Greater PIttsburgh, which empowers women and their families helping women connect to opportunities and such resources housing, legal services, healthcare, childcare, financial services, career, personal and professional development.
Prior to joining the YW, he spent a decade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, engaging the ball club with the community through volunteer opportunities such as vision and dental screening for youth, disability awareness celebrations at the park, Latino and African American celebrations, and the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) initiative in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Clubs. Extending the opportunity to play sports and encouraging young children to achieve in school, are two of the areas the organization gets involved and Chaz feels these are critical for kids.
“There’s something about sports and kids that is magical,” he says. “You can learn a lot of life lessons when you bring together people with energy and purpose.”
At the end of the work day, Chaz goes into overtime, playing sports, enjoying scores of local eateries, taverns, museums and listening to acoustic music in clubs. “I tell everyone: ‘Every day after work—don’t go home. Go do something. There’s so much to do here.’”
He's an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Steelwheelers, a competitive adult wheelchair basketball team that just finished its 2013 season ranked in the top 15 nationally, and he plays second base in a recreational wheelchair softball league in Murrysville. He also volunteers his time and expertise with several nonprofits including the HOPE Network, Hill House Association, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, and Get Involved! Inc.