It wasn’t any ordinary Saturday night for our Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Greensboro members, it was a night to remember at the ballpark. Nearly 50 club members came to the Greensboro Grasshopper’s Christmas in July baseball game.
As they paraded into the park, sporting their yellow t-shirts, their enthusiasm for the game was evident. For some of them, this was their first Greensboro Grasshoppers game. For others, this was going to be their moment to shine in front of more than 9,000 fans.
More than a dozen club members from our Hickory Trails and Smith Homes locations became “Future Hoppers.” They got to run out on the field as each Grasshopper player was introduced.
Club Member Daniel Yarborough threw a strike as he tossed out the first pitch of the game in front the crowd.
Liza Graves had been practicing for weeks for her big moment, the National Anthem. She’d sung at church and with friends, but never before such a large audience. There’s no doubt she was nervous. It even took her a few moments to get started, but once she did, she belted it out. After it was over, Liza was elated. She had just accomplished something she didn’t think she could do.
After the second inning, our Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Jamie Cooper brought club member Sae’quan Rush down onto the field. A short video featuring Sae’quan played on the big screen before the crowd.
Jamie presented Sae’quan with a Certificate of High Achievement from The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club for his consistent demonstration of good character and citizenship. You could see Sae’quan’s pride beaming through the smile on his face. As he walked off the field and up through the crowd, he was greeted by shouts of congratulations from people he’d never met.
The Grasshoppers hit three home runs in an exciting game to win against the Savannah Sand Gnats. The real winners of the game were The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Members, who shined both on and off the field.
We want to thank everyone who brought a toy for FOX8 Gifts for kids to the game. We collected in all 5 boxes of toys! Many thanks as well to those of you who donated to our kettles outside the gates. We raised nearly $500 dollars at the game in the kettles. We also want to thank North Sate and the Greensboro Grasshoppers for partnering with us for the Christmas in July game.