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Inspiration can come from the most unexpected places. Ryan Newman found his in the Dominican Republic, where he was expecting to help, but not necessarily to be helped himself. Now a junior at Round Lake, Newman was about 13 years old when he made a trip to the Dominican Republic with his travel baseball team. The plan was to play some baseball against the local teams and then provide some assistance to those in need. "We helped build houses and we built a dam," Newman said. "We also served food to children and taught them baseball. "To see the way those kids played the game, even when they had so little, it was humbling. People there live the same way. They have so little, but they still work so hard. "That made me appreciate what I had and it made me want to work even harder."