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Greater Richmond ARC Baseball Night a Big Hit

ARC program participants, staff, families and caregivers head to The Diamond; for some it's a first.

The Greater Richmond ARC really got into the swing of things on June 19, 2010, when a group of program participants, families and caregivers headed to The Diamond to see the Flying Squirrels, Richmond's minor league baseball team and an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants major league club, take on the Altoona Curve.

Photo: ARC Employees P.T. Tomlinson and Quintin Mitchell pose with Nutzy, the Flying Squirrel mascot, before the game.

For some attendees, it was their first baseball game, including staffers from ARC's Camp Baker who hail from overseas and had never witnessed what's known as the great American pastime. Patricia Tomlinson, longtime Greater Richmond ARC receptionist, sat with the Camp Baker group and said witnessing their excitement, along with the general "atmosphere" of The Diamond, including the sounds and smells of popcorn, made the event so entertaining.

"Overall, the Greater Richmond ARC night at The Diamond was a success," said Paul Klenota, a Greater Richmond ARC Vocational Specialist and the coordinator of the event. "It was fun-filled for all, and I look forward to building on this for next year," he said.

The evening's highlights included a Camo Cap Giveaway, a special promotion that night at The Diamond, and the game itself, which went into extra innings and was decided in the 12th with a final score of 3-2 in favor of Altoona.

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