Major League Baseball and San Diego Padres hit a home run for children.
On July 10, during the hectic week of the All Star Game in San Diego, the baseball community came together to provide a fun event for sick kids in the hospital.
MLB and the San Diego Padres, in partnership with Starlight Children’s Foundation, made a Fun Center Donation to Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.
Starlight Fun Center mobile entertainment units are equipped with the latest Nintendo gaming system that provides bedside entertainment and brings the healing power of play to pediatric patients.
“As anybody can imagine, it’s not a lot of fun to be in the hospital sometimes. Especially around the holidays or during the summer,“ says Carol Damon Scherer, vice president of development at Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation. “So we’re always looking for diversionary activities to take our kids minds off of feeling under the weather or recovering from a surgery. And we’re able to do that with Fun Center’s provided by Starlight.”
Children at the event were able to test out their new Fun Center and play alongside mascots from the Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres.
“To be able to come into a facility, provide this type of technology and gaming system to kids at a moment where they really need it most in their lives is a wonderful experience and it’s really incredible to see the impact it has on kids and the entire family.”
Chris De Haan, Senior Director, Public Relations for Starlight
Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is a nonprofit, 520-bed pediatric-care facility dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center.
Yearly, the hospital provides care for more than 200-thousand children and many of them face long outpatient treatments and experience loneliness after hospital visiting hours have ended. That’s where a Starlight Fun Center can provide a comforting break and fun distraction.
These units not only benefit the kids, but also instill hope for parents whose children are facing a health crisis.
“They’re stressed, they’re worried, they’re concerned. They may have heard some bad news about their child. So for them to see their child happy and with a smile on their face, it just provides hope to them as well,” says Sherer.
Also in attendance was Vera Clemente, the wife of late Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente and MLB Goodwill Ambassador.
Thank you, MLB and San Diego Padres, for funding a Fun Center that will be used for years and create thousands of wonderful memories for sick children.
If you would like to help brighten the lives of seriously ill children, you can donate today. Your gift combined with the gift of others helps turn pain, fear and stress into laughter, fun and joy – because a sick kid is still a kid at heart.