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by Bryan Terry Published: November 9, 2013
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Sarah Shero, 15, poses for a photo in a photo booth with her Barons Buddy Denis Grebeshkov during a Barons Buddies event with the Oklahoma City Barons and Special Olympians in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, November 5, 2013. The Special Olympians and their families were introduced to the Barons player that they will paired with throughout the year. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Sarah Shero, 15, poses for a photo in a photo booth with her Barons Buddy Denis Grebeshkov during a Barons Buddies event with the Oklahoma City Barons and Special Olympians in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, November 5, 2013. The Special Olympians and their families were introduced to the Barons player that they will paired with throughout the year. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Fifteen-year-old Sarah Shero proclaimed “my buddy” as she reached her arms around Barons defenseman Denis Grebeshkov. The AHL hockey player and Special Olympian were getting to know each other as they posed for a photo in a photo booth during a kickoff event for the Barons Buddies program on Tuesday night at the Cox Convention Center. The program matches a Special Olympian and their family with a Barons player for the year.

The program has several events, such as a bowling night, throughout the season for the families and players to attend. Josh Evans, with the Oklahoma City Barons, said it builds lasting relationships between the hockey players and families that often extend beyond the program.

Isiah Fosbenner, 5, reacts beside Matt Ford, of the Oklahoma City Baron, after hitting the ball during a Barons Buddies event with the Oklahoma City Barons and Special Olympians in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, November 5, 2013. The Special Olympians and their families were introduced to the Barons player that they will paired with throughout the year. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Isiah Fosbenner, 5, reacts beside Matt Ford, of the Oklahoma City Baron, after hitting the ball during a Barons Buddies event with the Oklahoma City Barons and Special Olympians in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, November 5, 2013. The Special Olympians and their families were introduced to the Barons player that they will paired with throughout the year. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Isiah Fosbenner, 5, reacts beside Matt Ford, of the Oklahoma City Baron, after hitting the ball during a Barons Buddies event with the Oklahoma City Barons and Special Olympians in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, November 5, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

 Four years ago Wayne and Meghan Dickinson wanted to add to their family of four, so the went to the Ukraine intending to adopt one child. They came home with two, Macey, 8, and Marcus, 7.  Just two years later they returned to adopt their third child, Mia, 6. All three have Down’s Syndrome. Last season Macey took part in the Barons Buddies program, this season is Mia’s turn. Meghan, her biological son Tanner, 13, and Mia spent the evening with Barons defensemen Brad Hunt. The four ate dinner, played floor hockey, bocce ball, and posed for photos in a photo booth.

Mia Dickinson ,6, receives help from her Barons Buddy Brad Hunt and her mother Meghan Dickinson as she puts on Hunt's jersey during a Barons Buddies event with the Oklahoma City Barons and Special Olympians in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, November 5, 2013. The Special Olympians and their families were introduced to the Barons player that they will paired with throughout the year. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Mia Dickinson ,6, receives help from her Barons Buddy Brad Hunt and her mother Meghan Dickinson as she puts on Hunt's jersey during a Barons Buddies event with the Oklahoma City Barons and Special Olympians in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, November 5, 2013. The Special Olympians and their families were introduced to the Barons player that they will paired with throughout the year. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Mia Dickinson ,6, looks at a Barons poster beside her mother Meghan Dickinson during a Barons Buddies event with the Oklahoma City Barons and Special Olympians in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, November 5, 2013. The Special Olympians and their families were introduced to the Barons player that they will paired with throughout the year. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Mia Dickinson ,6, looks at a Barons poster beside her mother Meghan Dickinson during a Barons Buddies event with the Oklahoma City Barons and Special Olympians in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, November 5, 2013. The Special Olympians and their families were introduced to the Barons player that they will paired with throughout the year. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Mia Dickinson ,6, learns how to hold a hockey stick with her Barons Buddy Brad Hunt  during a Barons Buddies event with the Oklahoma City Barons and Special Olympians in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, November 5, 2013. The Special Olympians and their families were introduced to the Barons player that they will paired with throughout the year. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Mia Dickinson ,6, learns how to hold a hockey stick with her Barons Buddy Brad Hunt during a Barons Buddies event with the Oklahoma City Barons and Special Olympians in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, November 5, 2013. The Special Olympians and their families were introduced to the Barons player that they will paired with throughout the year. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Mia Dickinson ,6, poses for a photo in a photo booth with her Barons Buddy, Brad Hunt, and her brother Tanner, 13, during a Barons Buddies event with the Oklahoma City Barons and Special Olympians in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, November 5, 2013. The Special Olympians and their families were introduced to the Barons player that they will paired with throughout the year. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Mia Dickinson ,6, poses for a photo in a photo booth with her Barons Buddy, Brad Hunt, and her brother Tanner, 13, during a Barons Buddies event with the Oklahoma City Barons and Special Olympians in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, November 5, 2013. The Special Olympians and their families were introduced to the Barons player that they will paired with throughout the year. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

 

 

 

 

 

by Bryan Terry
Photographer
Bryan Terry is a native of Oklahoma and is a graduate of Yukon High School. He first picked up a camera while attending the University of Central Oklahoma. After working for the school newspaper, The Vista, he interned at The Oklahoman. He...
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