HEROES AMONG US: Grand Forks Man Gives Much More Than Weekly Game of CatchGRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - A well-known Grand Forks man spends every Friday evening playing catch at Valley Eldercare. For the past three years, he has devoted his time and throwing arm to a man who calls him family.
By: Melanie Orlins, WDAZ
GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - A well-known Grand Forks man spends every Friday evening playing catch at Valley Eldercare. For the past three years, he has devoted his time and throwing arm to a man who calls him family.
Lowell Schweigert is a "Hero Among Us."
Every Friday after work, Lowell shows up in his suit and tie to play catch.
"Rain or shine, never fail, holiday, no holiday, he's here every Friday," Director of Social Services Meredith Baumann said.
But, Don, an avid Twins and Vikings fan, doesn't let the former UND quarterback off easy.
Don doesn't have any family to come visit him, so Lowell is all he's got.
"I just wanted to provide some kind of comfort and some kind of reason for people to get up in the morning," Lowell said.
But he's provided more than that. In fact Lowell says the New Year's resolution he made three years ago lead him to his hero.
"I think the real hero is Don. He gives me more than I could ever give him," Lowell said.
It's more than just a game of catch, it's a friendship.
"He is dedicated, Lowell is dedicated to Don," Baumann said.
And every Friday he learns something new about Don.
"Just listening to what he has to say, sometimes you have to get him back on track but he is an interesting guy," Lowell said.
Although a 30-minute game of catch seems like no big deal, for Don it's the highlight of his week.
Lowell says he'll continue to visit Don every week as long as he is able. Social workers say it's proof that the little things, like a game of catch, are the things that really count.