Wareham, MA- Friday night was the first ever Down Syndrome Awareness Night at Spillane Field. To make this event the success it was, the Gatemen partnered with the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress. The MDSC brought members of their community to the game to watch, throw out the first pitch and be recognized in between games 1 and 2 of Fridays double header. Three families who have long been upstanding members of the community and MDSC supporters were honored on the field. Firstly, the Caprio family, whose son Dominic is the namesake of the Dominic’s Angels Buddy Walk Team. Secondly, the Marot family, whose son Oliver is the heart and soul of his family and namesake of the Olivers Rockin Crew Buddy Walk Team. Finally the MDSC brought the Newton family, whose daughter Maggie has inspired her parents to become Buddy Walk captains and committee members. In addition, Nick Caprio and his brother Dominic threw out the first pitch, and MDSC self advocate Jon Derr made the play ball call. The MDSC also set up an exhibit table where fans could learn more about the organization and meet Tess Keijser, an authorized Pampered Chef dealer. Although the Gatemen couldn’t get it done on the field, the event brought together members of many different communities and made for a great night at Spillane field.
The MDSC exhibit table at Spillane FIeld. (Photo courtesy of Kristin Ostrowski).
Nick Caprio and his brother Dom throwing out the first pitch ahead of game 2 of Friday’s doubleheader. (Photo courtesy of Kristin Ostrowski).
MDSC self advocate Jon Derr making the “Play Ball” call on Friday night.
(Photo courtesy of Kristin Ostrowski).