On Saturday September 23rd, 2017 the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Lancaster, Pennsylvania was held at Clipper Magazine Stadium, home of the Lancaster Barnstormers Professional Baseball Team (Atlantic League.) The final count of participants reveal that 117 teams and 1,450 people participated in the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease. Stop and think about that number for just a second. That is an unbelievable number of people in a small (ish) town at a minor league baseball stadium at nine in the morning. Here’s the best part- Over $247,000 was raised for the cause. I have worked in this sport and been with this team for 5 years now and I can honestly say – This is the thing I am most proud of. Our participant and volunteer size has grown substantially over the last few years and I could not be more proud of the team that I work with to make this all happen. When I say team, I don’t mean the Barnstormers. When I am at the planning meetings, I am NOT a member of the baseball team’s front office worried about the wear and tear on my facility. I am a member of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s planning committee and because of this mindset, I am focused on the walk and the cause itself, and not giving up a free Saturday when the baseball season ends.
Throughout the course of a year, our minor league ballpark is used for so much more than just 70 home games. A lot of the time, these ballparks are strategically placed in areas that need a community center of sort. This ballpark is not just for baseball, but it belongs to our city, it belongs to the people, and we are happy to use it for whatever reason they want, especially if it means giving back.