WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011
Contact: Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
201-291-1111, ext. 1-5122
On Sunday, July 3, at Citifield in Flushing Meadow, NY, about 50 children of fallen U.S. service men and women gathered with their families to enjoy a holiday weekend baseball game between the Yankees and the Mets. The “Snowflake event,” planned and coordinated by the Berkeley College Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, Mitchell Modell, President of Modell’s Sporting Goods, and Micki Sander, Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Snowball Express, treated the families to a special day that included baseball signings and a meet and greet with the players.
The youngsters met Yankees players Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Andruw Jones, Mariano Rivera, and Alex Rodriguez, as well as team other notables including Michael Kay, Al Leiter, and John Sterling, Yankee announcers; Joe Girardi, Yankee manager; and Kim Jones, Yankee interviewer. In the Mets Press Room they met players Carlos Beltran, Chris Capuano, Dillon Gee, Jason Isringhausen, Daniel Murphy, Jon Niese, Bobby Parnell, Mike Pelfrey, Jose Reyes, and Francisco Rodriguez, and Mookie Wilson, Mets coach. Afterwards the group dined in the MoZone, and watched the 10-inning game from inside Modell’s clubhouse in far right field, next to the Mets’ bullpen (Mets won 3-2).
Snowball Express is an organization dedicated to creating happy memories for the children of our fallen military heroes.
“We’re thrilled to be part of such a great event,” said Mr. Modell. “These kids went through such tragic losses. Just to see these kids smile is worth everything to us.”
Micki Sander, Immediate Past Chairman, Snowball Express, is charged with bringing the children together for one- or two-day events.
“These Snowflake events are important because the children really get to know each other on a personal level and get to connect with each other at the end of the day after the event is over,” said Mrs. Sander.
“It was a privilege and an honor for Berkeley College to help bring lifetime good memories to these children and their families,” acknowledged Rich Robitaille, EdD, Assistant Vice President, Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, Berkeley College. “We are looking forward to partnering again for next year.”
Click here to enjoy a brief video of the Snowflake event held at Citifield Stadium.
Click here to see a Q and A with Micki Sander, Berkeley College alumna.
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Photo Caption: One of the many notables signing baseballs at the Snowflake event held at Citifield Stadium in Flushing Meadow, NY, on Sunday, July 3, was Joe Girardi, New York Yankees Manager. Richard Robitaille, EdD, from the Berkeley College Office of Military and Veterans Affairs; Mitchell Modell, President of Modell’s Sporting Goods; and Micki Sander, Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Snowball Express, planned and coordinated this “Snowflake event.” Snowball Express is an organization dedicated to creating happy memories for the children of our fallen military heroes.