Fairview Hosts Coach Cooper

April 22nd, 2014 No Comments

by Ted Hebb

Each year millions of young athletes venture onto the athletic fields around the country. Each of these student athletes hope for at least a winning season. Some of them dream of becoming professionals in their chosen sport. What happens when because of an injury, or simply because of a lack of ability, they do not continue to excel in their sport?

That was just the situation faced by Coach Larry Cooper from Martinsburg, W. Va when an injury ruined a promising baseball career. At the time of the injury, he was being actively recruited by several major league teams. Since that time he has devoted his life to “inspiring and nurturing” youth around the country through his Beyond the Field Ministry.

The trustees of Fairview Chapel invite the public including youth leaders and young athletes to attend a special service on May 4, 2014 at 7PM which will be led by Coach/Minister Cooper relating the world of sports to spiritual and emotional growth of youth. Coach Cooper has been involved in sports since his Little League days, but for 54 years he has devoted his time to coaching baseball, football, and basketball. His major goal has been to develop the spiritual and social lives of youth by connecting these with the world of sports.

He heads a team of coaches that provide clinics in baseball, basketball, and football for underprivileged children around the country. These clinics are provided to kids from broken homes, disadvantaged families, inner city youth, orphanages, and even Navajo Indian youth. His ministry has taken him to various places on the east coast including Virginia, W. Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and beyond. Collected used equipment that is in good condition is distributed to participants at the end of these clinics.

Coach “Coop” has also served as a youth pastor in a number of churches in W. Virginia and other states. He is currently working with youth and adults as an inspirational speaker in various churches. He also visits schools with his values enrichment program called “Hall of Fame”. In the words of Coach Cooper, “I believe if you plant a seed and work with the seed you planted, you’ll get the tree you want.”

Coach “Coop” is pleased to have been a part of the 1995 and 2009 West Virginia AAA State Championship Baseball Teams and the 2010, 2011 and 2012 West Virginia AAA State Championship Football Teams. He was honored to represent Martinsburg when he traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, to receive the 2010 National Assistant Coach of the Year Award for District 2.

One of the achievements, of which he is most proud, occurred in December of 2009 when he was honored at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY with a ceremony, a certificate and a flag. This tribute was given for his years of volunteer work, coaching and for the “compassionate way he has worked in the lives of so many youth in the world of baseball and sports in general”.

We hope to have you for this inspirational service at this little historic 1847 stone chapel located at 6802 Boyers Mill Road. Weekly interdenominational services are held which are “a step back in time” because all services are held by candlelight and oil lamps and music is provided by a pump organ.
For additional information you may call 301-606-3094.

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