The Eastern York Golden Knights fall baseball team is honoring Derek Sheely in a very unique and special way. Golden Knights’ head coach Jeff Shore, a high school classmate of Derek’s mother Kristen, was moved to action when he learned about Derek and his story. “I never had the pleasure of meeting Derek but, by all accounts, he was a team leader who excelled both on the field and in the classroom,” Shore said.
The Golden Knights’ team goals are more important than just winning baseball games; their mission has been to mentor and groom young men to become leaders. Shore said their “goal has been more about leadership, hustle, heart, and pride.” So he shared with the team Derek’s story.
When Eastern York was ordering their uniforms for the season, Shore’s son TJ came up with the idea of having a “captain’s jersey” to recognize the Golden Knight that most exemplified hustle, heart, pride, and
leadership. After each game the players and coaches vote on which player most demonstrated these attributes. Then during the next game that player has the honor of wearing the “number 40 captain’s jersey.” Derek’s number was 40. Shore says when opposing players and coaches ask about the 40 jersey tradition, the Golden Knights players talk about Derek and concussion awareness. Shore says that “the 40 jersey has become a source of great pride for our young men.”