Eric Lakomek signed his national letter of intent to attend and play baseball at Wabash College

On Friday, January 25th one of Hanover’s hometown heroes signed his national letter of intent to attend and play baseball at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN.

It is only fitting that Eric Lakomek is heading to school where players are known as the “Little Giants.” Eric has been a giant to many young kids who share his passion for baseball, but don’t always have the resources to play. Through his national award winning charity, “The Red Shoe Project,” Eric has provided sports equipment to less fortunate players. Eric began the project the summer of his freshman year in honor of his grandmother, AnnaFaye Beard, who bought him red baseball shoes every year.

Eric began playing ball when he was just four years old. He has always felt the love and support of his family, especially from Mom and Dad, Scott and Tracey Lakomek. “My parents have been my biggest inspiration. They’ve taken me wherever I needed to go and provided all of the resources I needed to succeed,” said Eric. He is also grateful to all of his coaches over the last 14 years. “They have all had a piece of putting me where I am today,” explained Eric. Where he is now, is a good place from which to offer a few words of advice to very young students who want to play or are just beginning to play ball; “Playing baseball is not only about going out and hitting a ball or catching a throw. It’s the interaction between people that is most valuable. I’ve met so many different people through playing. Don’t ever forget the people who have helped you and supported you.”

Though Eric seriously looked at three colleges to pursue his pre-med studies, it was Wabash that hit just the right note. “I knew when I walked on campus that it was the place for me. The professors were engaging and it offers everything I want both academically and athletically,” he said.  If Eric is just a little bit apprehensive about leaving his support system behind, he is equally happy to be taking many memories of his years at Hanover with him. “I loved hanging out with my teammates, and I loved all the bus rides to games and creating bonds I’ll never forget,” he said.
We won’t forget Eric either and he leaves Wildcat fans not just with memories, but with a legacy of scholarship, sportsmanship and compassion.

Thank you Eric and our best wishes go with you!