Baseball Great Goes To Bat For Boys' Home

Baseball great Pete Rose visited the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He didn't come to offer talk about baseball winners or losers, he came to help Center Circle make winners out of teenage boys who need a second chance. Rose was the guest of honor at a fundraiser for the Harrison County boys home. Rose and other sports celebrities donated items to be auctioned off at a fundraiser Saturday night at Grand Casino Gulfport.

The man known to millions of baseball fans as Charlie Hustle said he was glad to help, "I'm just a small part of a big deal and trying to get some people in here and bid some money and have some fun."

Rose is in the record books part of baseball's brightest days, but has also dealt with controversy and overcome great obstacles. That's something Rose said he has in common with the boys Center Cirle serves. "Kids can look at me, If you work hard and dedicate yourself you can be a success, Rose said."

Center Circle is a state certified rehabilitation camp is for younger age kids who have problems at home or in society. It sits on 85 acres in north Harrison County, with a lake for fishing, and plenty of land for agriculture work. Both activities are regular parts of a child's development program. The home has had some funding problems lately. Tom Brosig, the founder of Center Circle and a former Grand Casinos executive said Center Circle and Pete Rose are a good pairing, "To get someone of Pete Rose's stature, Charlie Hustle, blue collar, work hard, that's what we are...We're a blue colllar organization we scrap for everything we get."