OKC RedHawks: People skip work, school to make it a beautiful day at the ballgame

Field trip games have been a huge success for the RedHawks. Wednesday’s game featured pockets of lime-green and orange T-shirts, virtually a rainbow of colors that create a unique atmosphere with kids filling the majority of seats.
by Michael Baldwin Published: May 7, 2014
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Thousands of kids weren’t the only ones soaking in an Oklahoma City RedHawks game on a warm Wednesday afternoon at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Among the sellout crowd of 10,178, a group from the Garvin County Community Living Center in Pauls Valley, an assisted living program geared toward developmentally challenged adults, filled part of section 106.

“This is very fun, said Cathy Dismuke, 42. “It’s fun to be around the kids and watch a game. It’s a really big stadium, a lot of people.”

Dan Holbrook, program coordinator for the Garvin County Community Living Center, said events like a RedHawks game give pride to people that need assistance. Attending the game with hundreds of elementary school kids and their chaperons is the ideal setting.

“Some of the group has been to a RedHawks game before, but for a lot of us this was the first time,” said Martin, 54, a staff member. “It’s a lot of fun. It was a great day for our group to be part of something like this.”

Field trip games have been a huge success for the RedHawks. Wednesday’s game featured pockets of lime-green and orange T-shirts, virtually a rainbow of colors that create a unique atmosphere with kids filling the majority of seats.

“It’s a great deal. Kids get to have an outing outside of school, get a RedHawks hat, eat a box lunch and enjoy a game,” said Michael Byrnes, president and general manager of the RedHawks. “But we also have senior groups. These field trip games always produce a unique atmosphere. They’re a lot of fun for everybody.”


by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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