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THE POWER OF SPORTS IN HEALING A PAINFUL JOURNEY BY CHRIS BALTON, SDL

Photos courtesy of Chris Balton, SDL

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Editor’s Note: I met Chris Balton, SDL in 2013 when I called to interview him about a story on NAGAAA, the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance. As the organization’s commissioner, I asked him what gay softball had meant to him in his life … and he began to share with me a brief but horrific story of his beloved partner Jim’s death, of being kicked out of their home and more. I told him that day that if and when he was ready to share his story with others, I would help and support him so he could offer healing to others who had been caught in similar situations. Here is Chris’ story.

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