BOSS is very grateful to be partnering with the Oakland A’s this season, including the recent donation of 150 tickets to the July 5th home game as part of their ‘Little A’s’ program – BOSS participant families and children, adult participants, staff, volunteers and supporters all had a wonderful day at the ball park! Following is an account of day from BOSS Development Associate and Community Builder Gwen Austin.
“Love has a way of showing up in the most unblemished way. This outing brought back the time when my father would take my sisters and I (as little girls) to see his favorite Chicago Cubs baseball team play. After being at the Oakland As game on July 5th and being surrounded by family, it was in that moment, that I fully understood what my father was doing as he shared not only his love and time, but his favorite past-time with us girls. Thanks Dad.
As for the Oakland A’s outing, it was about families finding some sense of normalcy outside their daily routines as it allowed them, for a few hours, to just enjoy an American past-time; a baseball game. It also allowed them to socialize with other families/friends and staff who attended. There are plenty of fun foods that come with being at a game. Plus the weather was perfect and we had really good seats.
For most of the BOSS children, it was the first time they had ever been to a baseball game. I watched the kids really have a good time…the parents explaining the game and all the things and moments around the game, like the wave, the cheering, singing, dancing, 7th inning stretch, and all the festivities that come along with being at a pro baseball game. There were also families from other organizations who had received comp tickets and the kids were making new friends. All the children with comp tickets received a pair of sunglasses, free tickets to the Oakland Zoo & an Oakland Zoo cap.
At the end of the 4th inning, the A’s mascot Jumper came, along with the Oakland A’s spokeswoman, to make the announcement that they had all just received the free passes to the Oakland Zoo – which was seen on the large screen, the kids wearing their sunglasses and sporting their Oakland Zoo caps. Lots of laughter and fun had by all. Though the A’s lost, the day wasn’t so much about the score but about being together enjoying the day and each other’s company.
Every child should be able go to at least one baseball game. Thank you Oakland A’s for understanding the importance of family, and the opportunity to allow our children to be part of society’s normalcy without judgment of their social status.”
Support BOSS at the August 1st A’s Game!
If you’re a baseball fan, please come to the home game on Saturday August 1st (A’s vs. Cleveland Indians) – the A’s are having a Silent Auction of signed and unsigned A’s memorabilia as well as game-used items. Part of the proceeds will be donated to BOSS!
The auction will be held at the A’s Fan Center behind Section 120, and ends with the last out in the bottom of the fifth inning. BOSS staff will be there tabling – come say hi!