Playball! Today residents of Pathfinder Village got the chance to lace up shoes andstep on the baseball diamond with a hall of famer. This was the tenth year Pathfinderresidents got the chance to interact with a baseball legend.
CEO of PathfinderVillage Paul Landers says, “It’s fabulous to have a Hall of Famer her atPathfinder and to watch our residents interact with him and share their lifewith him. It’s quite an honor to be partners with the Hall of Fame and to hostthese gentlemen year after year.”
Pathfindervillage is a residential community for children and adults with Down syndrome.And today the 1991 inductees experienced more than just sharing the baseballfield with them.
Hall ofFamer FergieJenkins says, “Well coming here to Pathfinder is something new, a newexperience seeing that all these children have their own apartment, prettyself-sufficient. Playing whiffle ball with them was quite an experience. Butthis is something new and I didn’t think this village was here or this close toCooperstown.”
Traditionally the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Senior Opentakes place right after Labor Day and all the proceeds will go to benefit PathfinderVillage.
Landers added, “Theirour ambassador, they make the tournament that much more special and again itintroduces Pathfinder to the baseball community, so we feel they go back totheir communities and talk about Pathfinder and share this wonderfulmission.”
Jenkins played nineteen seasons in the bigs, winningnearly three hundred games. But the only Canadian born hall of famer saysthe competition was tough today.
Headded, “Ah pretty exciting but I don’t want to come back here and playsports. I got hit around pretty good, These youngsters it seems like every ballthey hit was a line drive to the outfield, I only had a couple of ground balls,but we had a lot of fun playing so it was pretty interesting.”