CC Sabathia is one of the most outstanding pitchers in professional baseball. He was the talk of the sports world when he was offered a record $161 million contract—a sign of just how valuable he is to a team. However, there is more to CC than just a big contract. As a boy he used his athletic skills to escape from a tough neighborhood. Then as a young professional baseball player he had a brush with death that made him rethink his life. Today he is a family man who runs a charity for inner-city children. His story is an inspiration for anyone who wants to follow a dream, no matter how tough the road.