Pre-Teens Enjoy Joslin Fenway Outing
Thursday, August 19, 2010
The Red Sox still may be in third place this season, but you could never discern that from the smiles at Fenway Park last week. More than 25 young Joslin patients between the ages of eight and twelve and their families, accompanied by staff and doctors, toured the home of New England’s favorite team on a beautiful sunny summer day.
This was the second tour Joslin has orchestrated this summer, the first being for an older group of teens in July. Both events were organized by Debbie Butler, associate director of pediatric programs, to offer Joslin kids a relaxed day with their family and other children with diabetes.
Enjoying the weather, the group walked to the ballpark via Longwood Avenue, casually discussing issues about living with diabetes with Joslin staff and other families.
After browsing the official team store on Yawkey Way, the group met up with their tour guide, who did his best to excite the youngsters and confirm the crew’s allegiance to the hometown team.
To any Red Sox fan, there could be no more interesting form of history than that of baseball’s Mecca, and it seemed as though the guide covered every inch of the park. “I never knew all this stuff about the Red Sox,” one boy commented. “I thought they were just a normal team but they were the first team to win the World Series!”
Key stops included the grandstands, the Red Sox Hall of Fame, the press box and, of course, the Green Monster. The children were captivated by one of sport’s most iconic structures and its breathtaking panoramic view of the ballpark.
In the end, everyone learned a few things about the Red Sox and about diabetes, and had a chance to realize diabetes is not the only thing they have in common. Go Sox!