Eighteen-year-old Donnie is a life-long baseball fan and, as we learned, he’s also quick to go with the flow.
The plan was initially to take him to a RailRiders game at PNC Field. But mother nature had other plans.
A tarp on the field may be the sight baseball fans dread. But no rain delay stops Donnie’s day at the park. Rain or shine, we still got to look behind the scenes with on-field promotions guru B-Ray.
“I felt like I was an exclusive person,” says Donnie.
First Donnie received a history lesson by getting a look at signed jerseys from Yankees stars that have come through town. Some examples? Teixeira, Jeter, and Reggie “Mr. October” Jackson.
Making our way through the labyrinth of tunnels, Donnie is lead to the control room — the nerve center of all things technology.
Inside, another one of Donnie’s passions shine through. When he sees all that scoreboard and video technology, his eyes light up.
“This is right up my alley,” says Donnie.
“Donnie likes to try new things and that’s important that we want to get out there to families,” says Geneva Mathuse, a CSR worker from Catholic Social Services. “He’s active and if they do something new or exciting for him, he’s down to do it.
And then Donnie tries something else he’s never done before, meeting RailRiders players.
“I had never really met a baseball player up close,” says Donnie. “It was a new experience for me.”
At the end of the tour, we asked Donnie what his favorite part was. But he took to opportunity to think instead about others.
“I’m thankful for the people who made this happen for me today,” says Donnie.
Even as a rain delay loomed, it was all smiles for a thankful, inquisitive, and enthusiastic young man. A young man looking for his shot to meet a family like yours and make the final turn towards home.
If you’re interested in meeting Donnie, call 888-793-2512 or find more information here.