- On January 27, 2017
READING, Pa. – Any fan who walks into FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading has an opportunity to take home memories of summer. It’s not summer yet, but it sure felt like it Friday night.
On hand for the game were members of Strike Out The Stigma, a campaign to raise awareness about mental health by ruOK Berks.
“We joined up with the Reading Phillies and a lot of our local partners to have this event,” said program coordinator Edward Michalik, PsyD, “all to raise awareness that mental health is treatable, people aren’t alone, and suicide is preventable.”
Officials spent some time on the field pre-game with a very special group of young men: the state champion Reading High Red Knights. All-American Lonnie Walker made an appearance, much to the crowd’s delight, as they cheered ‘Red Knights.’
“We got to give baseball their place. It’s baseball season. The Fightin Phils are awesome,” said Rick Perez, head coach of the Red Knights, “but when you do hear that, it just gives you a chill down your spine, because we’ve heard it and we’ve heart it so emphatically and it’s just a beautiful place to be. We have some beautiful people here in the city of Reading.”
A little taste of summer, a celebration of the past, and a reminder that someone’s always there for you: just another night at America’s Classic Ballpark.
“It really can show some support and comradery and how we can all work together as a community,” said one fan.