Meet the Met, step right up and greet the Met! People from AHRC New York City’s Children’s Services got the opportunity to chat with the New York Mets’ Amed Rosario as part of the shortstop’s Rosario’s Kids charitable initiative, which works with youth enrichment programs from all across the five boroughs.
Children’s Services provides day habilitation, community habilitation, and planned respite services to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are in and out of the foster care system. Managed by AHRC NYC’s Adult Day Services, staff members generally work on communication, socialization, daily living skills, and recreational activities with children between the ages of 3-21.
Earlier in the summer, Matthew Hess, Community Support Supervisor, accompanied Xavier Washington, Julien Bello, and some coworkers with their families to Citi Field, where the group first got the chance to play at a baseball diamond specifically designed for kids. At around 5:15 p.m., they were escorted down to the field to be first-hand witnesses for Mets batting practice. A few minutes later, Amed Rosario invited the group to the dugout to discuss his still-young career, what’s it’s like to play baseball in New York City, and much more.
After meeting Rosario, the group headed to some excellent seats reserved by the shortstop’s charity. The group was also provided with two gift cards to cover the cost of food and drinks. Each child received a Rosario’s Kids t-shirt and Mets goodies. The Mets lost the game, but Rosario played well, going 2-for-5 with an RBI. Matthew Hess described it as “a great experience for all of the kids and for me, as well.”