April 2, 2014
This release is courtesy of Shriners Hospitals for Children - Northern California. All photos posted with permission from the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
The Air Force Academy baseball team recently made a big hit with the kids at Shriners Hospitals for Children - Northern California. The team stopped by the hospital on March 24th as a warm up to a series with the Hornets at California State University Sacramento.
The games were part of spring road trip for the Academy players, who played games in Arizona, Nebraska, Kansas and Reno, Nevada before arriving in California. Head coach Mike Kazlausky, known to the team as Coach Kaz, said the chance to visit the kids at Shriners Hospital was a great opportunity for both the players and coaches.
Patients took their turns at bat while ballpark themed music played in the background. The ballplayers provided a few pointers here and there - but mostly cheered loudly for the hospital heroes. The event was coordinated by the Therapeutic Recreation & Child Life Department, which engages many collegiate teams and community groups in organized activities for the children.
"The kids were excited when they found out that baseball players from the United States Air Force Academy were coming to see them. These players are heroes in the eyes of our patients," said Penny Lees, Manager of Therapeutic Recreation and Child Life "But this visit exceeded all expectations. The Air Force cadets were attentive to the individual needs of each patient, cheered for every child's time at bat and made the entire visit lots of fun. The kids who participated will carry the positive memory with them for a lifetime."
Located just minutes from downtown Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Northern California provides expert pediatric care to children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip and scars from any cause. Care is provided regardless of the family's ability to pay. For information call (916) 453-2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.