Meet Tyler, a volunteer from last year’s clinic. We wanted to hear about Tyler’s exciting experience at the ballgame, so we asked him to share with us how not only he was able to help out creating an unforgettable day for these families, but also how rewarding this experience was for him!
1. Tell us about your involvement with the Salem Red Sox Challenger Clinic.
“It was actually right when I moved to Blacksburg from my hometown in Texas. I’m a graduate student and work for the marketing department in Rec Sports. I had never been to Blacksburg or Salem before, but my boss Cathy said she needed some help with a baseball clinic for kids so I said absolutely! She knew I had experience in filming, so I took all the video of the event and posted a short clip of the day on youtube. It was a great “first day of work!”
2. What made you get involved with the Salem Red Sox Challenger Clinic?
At first it was a favor for my boss. I hadn’t technically started working for the Rec Center yet, but I thought it would be a fun way to start getting to know Cathy and it sure was! I had a great time and can’t wait for this year’s clinic. It definitely won’t be just a favor this time.
3. What did you find to be the most rewarding about the entire experience?
Getting to see how happy the kids were to get to play with the baseball players was awesome. It was also really cool to see how great the players and coaches were with the kids. They are these super busy guys with a lot of pressure on them, but they still took an entire day even on game day to play with these kids. Just a super bunch of guys.
4. Did you have a favorite moment at the clinic?
I was the videographer for the event, so I didn’t get to play with the kids or players which was kind of disappointing, but there was this one moment where I was sitting by myself and this little girl saw me and sat down next to me with a smile from ear to ear and grabbed my hand. We sat, had some lunch, and a lot of laughs. She was really adorable, it made my day.
5. Are you volunteering again this year?
Absolutely! Next year, I hope I get to play with the kids some more though. I want to play some baseball too!
If you think you have what it takes and would like to sign up to be a volunteer at this years Challenger Clinic, please email Cathy Kropff.
See you at the ballgame!