Barnwell Buddies Support Challenger Baseball at Ranken Jordan

Posted on 08/29/2018
Barnwell Buddies Support Challenger Baseball at Ranken Jordan

On Saturday, Aug. 25, Barnwell staff members Gene Lavigne, Bob Jennewein, Cathy Landwher, and 55 current and former Barnwell students traveled to Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital to volunteer for Challenger Baseball. Pictures and numbers can’t accurately tell the story of the fantastic job these young people did serving as “buddies” for the game and the joy they brought to the kids!

Players stand with Cardinals Fredbird“Our Barnwell Buddies were awesome,” said science teacher Gene Lavigne. “Some of the players were so frightened when they arrived that they were crying and hiding at first. Our kids gently calmed them, helped them relax and eventually join the game. Some of the players had complex emotional issues and medical situations. Our kids helped them play and have fun as if it was just another day on a ballfield.”

Several of the player's parents were moved to tears, because their kids had never played before, or had never played without the help of a parent on the field. The Barnwell buddies made these parents feel comfortable enough to let go of their child and trust that the students would take care of them, and they did.

The adaptive and accessible ballfield was opened just last week and is built to scale and half the size of a standard Little League field. It was built with a donation from the Catch 22 Foundation, a non-profit established in 2003 by Mike and Kristin Matheny.

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