Businessman provides year's rent for Jackie Robinson West family

Monday September 1st, 2014

A Chicago businessman has provided the family of Jackie Robinson West player Jaheim Benton with a year's worth of rent in an effort to help it get back on its feet.

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The Bentons were forced to leave their home earlier this year when Jaheim's parents were unable to find full-time work. The family split up between the homes of friends that offered to take them in.

Upon hearing of the family's hard times, Spencer Leak Jr., who owns Leak and Sons Funeral Home on the city's South Side, took action to help the Bentons, according to ABC-7 Chicago.

"I would hope that this rent turns into a mortgage that turns into home ownership for them," said Leak Jr. "We want our little superstar to have a roof over his head because that's what he is. He's a superstar." 

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Chicago has continued to show support for the team after its loss to South Korea in the Little League World Series championship game, with both the Cubs and White Sox hosting the team, and thousands showing up at a rally for the LLWS heroes.

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