Growing up in New York, I played sports year-round. There were a lot of good athletes in our area, and there were a few great ones. And then there was B.J. Surhoff. I had the dubious honor of playing baseball against him in high school, and it was a humbling experience!

Surhoff would go on to have a stellar college career at the University of North Carolina, earning All-American honors twice and leading the country in hitting. He was selected first overall in the 1985 draft and played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball, including six with the Orioles, where he established himself as one of the most consistently productive and versatile players in the game.

Since retiring from baseball in 2005, Surhoff has had no less of an impact off the field than he had when he played. As the president of Pathfinders for Autism, an organization he and his wife, Polly, helped found, he travels the state, advocating tirelessly on behalf of individuals with autism and their families. Since its founding in 2000, Pathfinders has served more than 100,000 people and continues to grow and expand its services every year. Proof positive that there is life after baseball!

As we strive to find our own path here at Towson Lifestyle, we are inspired by the Surhoffs and others like them who are giving of themselves every day to make a positive difference in the community. If you come across an organization that you feel is doing great things to make our area an even better place to call home, please let us know about them. We’d love to share their story with our readers.

Go O’s!

Glen Cox