Tonight we took the kids to a Trenton Thunder game. My kids love minor league ball and it is a great, fairly inexpensive way to get some baseball in during the summer. When we arrived at the game tonight, we found out it was HOPE Week. The Thunder are Double A affiliate of The NY Yankees. I had never heard of HOPE week but read on the website that,
“On each of five consecutive days during the celebration of HOPE Week, the Yankees shine a spotlight on a different individual, family or organization worthy of recognition and support. Each day is designed so honorees can share their inspirational stories with Yankees players, fans and the media, while being surprised with the day of their dreams. Though each day’s celebration ultimately culminates with a visit to Yankee Stadium on the day of a game, outreach typically takes place at a location in the community that symbolizes the accomplishments of the honoree”.
As an affiliate, The Thunder do the same. Tonight was Special Olympics Night.
“Saturday, June 22: Special Olympics New Jersey. – Thunder players will host a baseball clinic at ARM & HAMMER Park for Special Olympians between 11am-1pm. The participating athletes will be introduced on the field before that night’s game”.
I think that anytime we can recognize the accomplishments of any person, (no matter what level their abilities may be), is a good thing. Awareness is important. There are so many people who are intolerant of others, that anytime it can be shown in a positive way is a step in the right direction. I have written about this before, as I feel very strongly about it.