Mets give physically challenged children a night they’ll cherish forever
By Michelle Ioannou
The Mets continue to do good within the community
On Monday, July 17th a group of physically challenged children were able to experience the magic of going to Citi Field, thanks to the generosity of the Mets.
Dancing Dreams is a nonprofit that provides dance classes and performance opportunities for children ages 3-21 with medical or physical challenges. Dancers in the program have been diagnosed with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, and many other genetic and neurological diseases.
Dancing Dreams allows these children to have the same opportunities as their peers, and the Mets have helped with this as well.
The Amazins’ outright donated tickets to their Monday night game against the St. Louis Cardinals. And this had quite an impact on the both the dancers, and their families. In fact, for many of the families in the program, it was their first time attending a ballgame. Without the generosity of the Mets organization, they likely would not have gotten to experience this.
In fact, the Mets executive staff was instrumental in making this happen, one even visited the dancers and talked with them during the game.
Executive Director of Dancing Dreams, Joanna Ferrara expressed the following gratitude:
"“The game provided a unique and fun bonding experience for our families as well as gave them a chance for an experience that would otherwise not be accessible to them. Dancing Dreams is grateful to the Mets for bringing this joyful experience to our families.”"
Baseball is so much more than just a game. And the Mets are great examples of this. Just last month I wrote about how the Mets supported the Henry Viscardi School — a school for physically handicapped children. The organization continues to do good within their community, and they continue to give opportunities to children who unfortunately would not have been able to have such experiences otherwise.
Let’s not forget my brother’s experience at Spring Training back in 2009 — it truly changed his life, and from the sounds of it, these dancers from Dancing Dreams’ lives have been affected positively thanks to this experience as well.
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The Mets graciously made this event happen for these dancers. These children not only got to visit a ballpark for the first time, but they got to spend more time with their family as well. It was a wonderful time full of smiles all around, and a terrific family night out.
To learn more about Dancing Dreams, please click here.