Over 100 Citi Kids from the United Neighborhood Houses (UNH) arrived on August 8th at the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House in Long Island City for the fourth season of the annual Citi Field Kids program. They were joined by Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar Angela Frost (pictured left) and New York Mets All-Star renowned knuckleballer pitcher R.A. Dickey(pictured right) staff member Dana Tignor , community leaders, Citi Field representatives, Mets staff members and Stony Brook Seawolves team members.
JRF Scholar Angela Frost addressed the enthusiastic crowd encouraging them to work hard, believe in their dreams and "just do it." "I have more in common with you than you think" she said, "But you can be up here speaking from the same spot I am if you work hard." Angela shared her experience at the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated this past May and her current internship with the New York Mets: "I am here in a dual role, working on this event as part of my internship with the Mets, and also as a representative of the Jackie Robinson Foundation." A 12 year old "Citi Kid" shared Jackie’s Nine Values to Live By (courage, determination, teamwork, persistence, integrity, citizenship, justice, commitment, and excellence).
Following the speeches, Dickey and the Stony Brook players held a baseball clinic at a nearby park. The kids in attendance received tickets to a game at Citi Field, giving the group an opportunity to explore the Stadium's Jackie Robinson Rotunda.
Citi Field kids provides NYC students with a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience, combining baseball and education before six baseball games each season. It is conducted with the cooperation of the Mets, Citi, The Jackie Robinson Foundation, and The Neighborhood Houses of NY.