Next week, Hicks will be volunteering his time and passion for youth baseball's biggest stage in Willamsport, Pennsylvania.
"I never planned to be a Little League umpire," Hicks said. "I started when my son Ben got into Little League. At the parents meeting, our coach told me, 'You're the team umpire.' I thought that was fine, I wanted to help the team. I know baseball, I know the rules. Then I went to an umpiring clinic and realized I knew almost nothing. Baseball is a fascinating game with a lot of rules. I developed a passion for umpiring. It also was a real challenge. I spent a lot of time learning and reading everything I could about umpiring."
You can read more of Hicks' story on CultureMap.
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