I was away with a friend over the July 4th weekend, but Gavin was able to catch a Barnstormers game. My cousins Brooke and Garrett were in from Tennessee so he was able to go to the game with them. Gavin was able to get a few autographs before the game, even though it was packed! It was the 3rd largest crowd in Barnstormers history...8,294! It probably helped that it was the cross town rival York Revolution and a great 4th of July fireworks display! One of the things that the Barnstormers bullpen does is line up somewhere different every game for the National Anthem. Tonight, they stretched along the infield grass and all held American flags! The Barnstormers won 4-3 but Gavin spent much of the night just catching up with cousins.
Today's Autographs: 11 2014 Autographs: 105 2014 My Donation $5.25
This past week we got a really cool box in the mail. We get to see a lot ofBig East basketball and had been watching someProvidence games. I noticed thatFriars Coach, Ed Cooley, had a bald spot on his head and wondered if it could bealopecia areata. We wrote a letter to Coach Cooley and told him of what we are doing in trying to raise awareness for alopecia areata. So back to the box... in the box, coach sent us an autographed photo, Providence backpack, 2 t shirts, a hat, and a water bottle. Better than all of that was a hand written letter from Coach Cooley stating how proud he was of what we were doing and that he was glad to help. We are hoping to catch the Friars in action next basketball season when they are in the Philly area. Thanks Coach! We appreciate it!
Today's Autographs: 1 2014 Autographs: 94 2014 My Donation $4.70
We were able to make it back to the ball park last weekend and couldn't wait to see the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. We are hugeLuke Murtonfans and he just joined the Atlantic League a couple weeks before. Luke is our Uncle and Aunts nephew and we've got to see him play different times since he was at Georgia Tech. We got there early on Friday and got to see Luke and catch up with him.
Lance Burkhart is the manager for the Blue Crabs now after spending 8 of the last 9 years in a Barnstormers uniform as player and then hitting coach. Before the game, Lance was inducted into theBarnstormers Ring of Honor as part of the 10th season celebration.
Sunday we got to play catch on the field and then we were asked to be the "Play Ball" family. After the National Anthem we got the say "Play Ball" Gavin and Kyle went on the bumper boats and Kyle fell into the pool. He was wearing a life jacket, but dad had to dive in and get him. At least it was a hot day so they could cool off. Dad had some of our cards in his pocket so they are a little wrinkled and not in the best shape, but we did get them dried off. Kyle just said "I sinked" but he does want to ride the bumper boats again, so that is good. The Blue Crabs took both games we were at and Luke played great!
Today's Autographs: 21 2014 Autographs: 93 2014 My Donation $4.65
Two years ago we teamed up withClayton and Ellen Kershaw and their Strikeout to Serve project. Clayton donates money for each strikeout he gets...and he gets a lot! We matched our donation to NAAF in 2012 and were able to donate $112 toKershaw's Challenge. So for every autograph we get during the 2014 year, we will once again be donating $.10 toKershaw's Challenge.
Clayton and Ellen in Zambia Africa 2013
The "Challenge" is to use whatever you have been blessed with-talent, passion, or purpose-to give back to others. The Kershaws are adamant about serving hands-on throughout the year, and being invested in the non-profits we partner with.
Clayton is by far the best pitcher in baseball, throwing a dominant No Hitter just last week. As good as he is on the field, he is even better off the field. Clayton and Ellen use their gifts to help others. After traveling to Zambia in 2011 they were able to open an orphanage for children calledArise Home. They continue to do work in Africa as well as here in the states.
We are happy to be able to once again contribute a small amount that will help give children hope! Check out their website and read all about the difference they are making around the world!
My favorite college football team is TCU. I first started liking them back in 2009 when Andy Dalton led them to a 12-0 regular season and a BCS bowl game. One of the guys blocking for Andy was offensive tackleJeff Olson.
We follow Jeff on Twitter and he retweeted us when we were promoting Men of Iron, a local mens ministry to help sharpen men and strengthen the church. My dad was communicating with Jeff and able to get him a shirt. Last week we got an awesome letter from Jeff with one of hisTCU cards signed for us. He said if we are ever in Texas to look him up. Maybe someday we'll get to watch a TCU game with Jeff.
Thanks Jeff for the great letter and autographed card!
Go Horned Frogs!
Today's Autographs: 1 2014 Autographs: 71 2014 My Donation $3.55
Anyone who watches the NBA knows that theSixers had a rough season finishing with the 2nd worst record at The good news is they have the current rookie of the year in Michael Carter Williams, the #3 and #10 pick in the draft, and are building for the future. Their motto this year was #TogetherWeBuild. TheSixers sent us a photo of their first round pick in 2012, Arnett Moultrie. Thanks to theSixers and we're looking forward to next season!
Today's Autographs: 1 2014 Autographs: 70 2014 My Donation $3.50
We have a few posts to catch up on and the first is a package from theSacramento Kings. We got an envelope with 12 autographed pictures in it. They were all of former Kings and BYU guard Jimmer Fredette. He was a huge start at BYU, leading the nation in scoring his senior season. Thank you Kings for your support.
Today's Autographs: 12 2014 Autographs: 69 2014 My Donation $3.45