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Passion for youth and community leads to honor for Haight

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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For his dedication to instilling leadership and values into young athletes, TJ Haight was honored as the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. Haight was honored at Thursday’s Chamber Banquet.

Haight COYTJ Haight, the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year said he was humbled to earn the honor. US Rep. Brian Babin and Deer Park Mayor Jerry Mouton provided commendations for the honor. Photo by Travis Young.Economic Alliance Houston Port Region CEO Chad Burke, who emceed the event, said Haight learned about love and commitment early in life.

"It’s no surprise that he and his wife blended two families into one full of laughter," he said.

Haight was born in Gary, Ind., and is an avid hunter and outdoorsman, but his true passion is youth, which is not limited to his own children, Burke said.

"For as long as anyone can remember, he has been involved with youth baseball," Burke said. "TJ Haight exemplifies servanthood. For those who know him and witness and his deep burning desire to do nothing more than to make Deer Park the best place to live, work and raise a family."

Haight is on the board of the parks and recreation commission and is the president of the Deer Park Community Development Corporation and coach for youth baseball, which exemplifies his love for the community.

Haight’s wife Heidi said her husband is the epitome of service and she would repeat every hour he spends away from his family volunteering to support youth and the Deer Park community because his service is a part of who her husband is.

"Without that, he is not whole. Each minute is an opportunity to share your love and my husband exemplifies this," she said.

TJ Haight said he was humbled to receive one of Deer Park’s most prestigious honors.

"Considering all the citizens in Deer Park, there are a lot of people who are more deserving of this than me," he said.

Like most volunteer coaches, Haight began his path of service because he had a child on a team.

"You see the kids grow from when they were four years old and now they are all getting married and having kids," Haight said.

He said he continues coaching and volunteering long after his children grew up for one simple reason.

"Every kid is my kid when you’re on a baseball field or when the Community Development Corporation is putting things together for the development of Deer Park. It’s a great place to live," said Haight.

Haight said he is grateful for the city’s, businesses’ and community’s support of youth programs in Deer Park, but is most thankful for the support of his wife.

"Without her support, I could never do this," he said.

Haight received commendations from US Rep. Brian Babin as well as a proclamation from Mayor Jerry Mouton declaring Feb. 2, 2017 as TJ Haight Day in the city of Deer Park.