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May 17, 2017

Rocklane PONY Baseball Gives Back to Local Nursing Home

Rocklane PONY Baseball League President and North Zone Field Director Dan Sanders wanted to find a way to give back to a loyal league sponsor in a unique way. He thought what could be a better way than giving back to sponsor Aspen Trace nursing home in Greenwood, Indiana than bringing the game right to their residents’ doorstep and make a day of it in order to make them feel a part of the action, when they normally may not be able to.

In conjunction with Nursing Home Week, Rocklane PONY Baseball recently held a t-ball game on a make-shift field at Aspen Trace’s facility, as 12-to-15 residents and a large group of family members had the chance to cheer the three-and-four-year-old players on. In addition to watching the game, residents had the opportunity to participate in raffles and win hats and t-shirts. Seeing the residents’ excitement during what was a beautiful day outside and giving the kids an opportunity to play a complete game made it all worthwhile for Sanders.

“Some of these people don’t have family, or if they do, they’re far away,” said Sanders. “Kids always bring a smile to the elderly. I figured with this age group, it teaches my coaches and their parents ‘let’s not forget about these people’ and ‘let’s try to do an act of kind service.’”

According to Aspen Trace’s Activities Director Heather Land, who helped coordinate the event with Sanders, it was a day for the residents to reminisce great memories from the past, and they are excited at the opportunity to see kids from the league play again.

“It puts that sparkle in their eye again,” said Land. “Being in here, we go out when we get the opportunity, but to have [the kids] come in to see us and be able to go on our front lawn and watch the kids play a t-ball game, it was the highlight of the week.”

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