CLEARFIELD — Bathed in the blinding blue sky, young boys and girls, spaced out haphazardly along the Clearfield High tennis courts, gripped tennis rackets; for many of them, the shiny new racket given to them on this day was the only thing they owned.
Connor Clark stood in the corner of the court, looking at the 14 children. They were from the Christmas Box House, a shelter for neglected or abused children. In the children, their smiles and their spirits — both radiant from the morning’s excitement — Clark saw his brother.
Five years ago, Clark’s brother, Payton, had been one of them, a child without a home, an innocent victim of life’s cruelty. Payton was two years old and living at the Christmas Box House when the Clarks adopted him. They gave him the chance at life the kids Connor saw on the court had never been given.