The day started off with rain and storms, but as the start time approached for enCourage Kids’ 17th Annual Night at Citi Field, the sun came out and the weather was nothing short of perfect. On Thursday, June 13th, over 800 enCourage Kids supporters and families gathered for a great night cheering on the New York Mets against the St. Louis Cardinals. Each child was greeted with an enCourage Kids’ t-shirt and a foam finger, before being shown to our private area in the Bullpen Plaza full of hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, and more.
While they were eating, the kids and families had the opportunity to wander around to have their face painted, watch a clown work his magic, and get tattoos from a volunteer and a Mets’ Wife. They even got the chance to create their own signs to cheer on the Mets with poster board and markers. Right before the game began, Mr. Met stopped by for a special visit. Each of the kids and their families had the chance to meet him and take their picture before heading into the stadium to take their seats.
Each year, we get the special opportunity to let one of our enCourage kids throw out the first pitch to start the game. This year, the honor went to Dorian Solimano. She went out on the field with her dad and threw quite the underhanded pitch, showing off her skills. After taking pictures, everyone headed up to their seats and the game began.
With our seats so close to the field, we kept our eye on the skies to see if we could catch a homerun ball at any point during the game. A few flew our way and one even landed at the front of our section for one of our supporters to take home.
It was a great night full of fun, food, and baseball. Thank you to our families, supporters, sponsors, volunteers, and staff who made this night possible! We can’t wait to see you next year. Go Mets!