Back to homelessness for nation’s Little League champ

Chicago’s Jaheim Benton slides safely into third ahead of the tag by Las Vegas’ Dillon Jones in the fifth inning of the United States Championship game at Saturday’s Little League World Series tournament. Chicago won 7-5. Gene J. Puskar/AP

It was pretty neat this week when Chicago feted the United States’ Little League champions.

But now it’s back to reality for one of its players, Jaheim Benton, a 12-year-old.

In the “two Americas,” the nation gets behind a kid who can play baseball, especially if the team is credited with “uplifting America” but tends to look the other way when a kid is homeless.

Jaheim Benton is homeless, the Chicago Sun Times reports.

His mom’s hours at Catholic Charities were cut. His father doesn’t make enough as a radiator technician.

“I’m trying to do the best I can and get us back together,” his mom said.

“I have been at my job for six years. I have never had this happen to me . . . This is the first time I have ever lost a home,” she said.

  • DavidG

    Apparently, a local funeral home has offered to help his family out.