There is nothing my son, CJ (pictured right), loves more than baseball. Naturally he jumped at the chance to participate in a sponsor appreciation night at the Boomers stadium. He was most excited about the batting practice (video below), so he was the first one down on the field! My typically shy son was completely reveling in the fact that all eyes were on him. He got tips and tricks from players and even a few laughs. The whole Boomers community was so warm and welcoming to, not only my son, but all of the guests. It was so fun to see all the kids out on the field having a blast together no matter their skill level or age. Each kiddo had their name and favorite number announced over the speakers, just like the big leagues. There were no differences that day, just kids out playing together and truly enjoying it.
I was stopped by a family who had noticed the AHSS logo on my shirt. Dad started telling me how much his and so many other families utilize and appreciate the quiet room at the stadium. When his 12-year-old son who has autism came over to introduce himself, he gave me a big hug and told me how he uses the quiet room every game, and thanks to AHSS he can finally enjoy himself in his own space. Dad explained to me how grateful the whole community is and it truly was a Why We Do What We Do Moment.
-Lindsy Peterson, Client Services Regional Manager-South Network
Pictured left: CJ got to sit and hang out with Steve Hayes, the PA announcer for the Schaumburg Boomers!
Video below: CJ took BP with the players before the game. Nice swing!