Recently Jeanne wrote about the Yankees getting all kid-friendly. Not to be outdone, the New York Mets have their own special way of reaching out to the young ones, specifically in the surrounding community of the new and shiny Citi Field in Flushing, Queens (which some diehards are still calling Shea).
Look at those happy faces on game day! Perhaps they were frowning after the Mets took a beating by the Phillies, but the main point of the Citi Field Kids program is to offer mentoring in education and recreation. Citi Field Kids works in collaboration with the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the United Neighborhood Houses and the Mets. The overriding theme focuses on Jackie Robinson and his historic breaking down of the color barrier as he suited up for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Sort of a “I did it, and so can you” approach to achievement for the neighborhood youth. Appropriate as the new Citi Field is reminiscent of Ebbets Field, the home of the Dodgers while they still resided in New York.
So, what has your local sports team done for you lately? I’m looking at you, Red Sox. – April Peveteaux